The Bentley community is saddened to have lost the alumni, parents, trustees, faculty and others noted here.
Roderick Macleod Sr.
Dawn (Lundstedt) Bailey
Leo Buckley Jr.
Costanzo Fustolo, P'80
Robert Driscoll, Facilities Management
Ronald Gately, University Police
W. Michael Hoffman, P ’92, ’95, Philosophy
Debbie O’Brien, Graduate Admission
Stanley Spangler, Global Studies
Anthony Stanton, Educational Services
Remembering W. Michael Hoffman, P ’92, ’95
Mike Hoffman was the right man, in the right place, at the right time. The Watergate crisis had undermined trust in public institutions when he joined Bentley’s Philosophy Department in 1974. Where better to teach future corporate and government leaders to act with integrity?
He introduced the school’s first course in business ethics and, in 1976, established the country’s first center to advance what was an emerging field. The newly renamed W. Michael Hoffman Center for Business Ethics has built an international reputation in its area of expertise.
A prolific scholar with a doctorate from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Professor Hoffman wrote, co-wrote or edited 15 books and more than 100 journal articles. He joined with other scholars to establish the Society for Business Ethics and Business Ethics Quarterly. As a founder and the first executive director of the Ethics Officer Association, the first organization to serve ethics professionals, he led efforts to bring ethical practice into the corporate world. Today, public and private companies of every kind have an ethics and compliance officer.
Professor Hoffman gained legendary stature in the field he helped create. Here, he was a devoted teacher and scholar who met everyone with warmth, humor and kindness. He shared ties to Bentley with his wife, Bliss, and their daughters, Alison (Rosenthal) Libuda ’92 and Elizabeth (Rosenthal) O’Neil ’95.
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