July 2, 2020

To the William Paterson Community:

It is with profound sadness that I write to inform you of the recent death of Timothy Hoffman, a senior Psychology major from Hamilton, New Jersey. Timothy is described by family and friends as a loving father, son, and brother, as well as a selfless and caring man. Our hearts go out to them and everyone in Timothy’s life, both in the William Paterson community and beyond. 
Funeral arrangements are being handled by Brenna Funeral Home in Hamilton, and more information will be available on their website soon. We will honor Timothy’s memory by adding a leaf with his name to our Student Memorial Tree, located in the Chang Library, later this year. 
The loss of a student is always tragic, but it is especially difficult in these times, when our ability to be together, support and comfort each other is so limited. A loss like this can impact individuals in different ways, and some may be in need of additional support. I want to remind you of some of the services available to the William Paterson community, should you wish to utilize them or refer others. Students may contact the Counseling, Health and Wellness Center at 973-720-2257 to be connected with a counselor. Our Employee Assistance Program is available to faculty and staff. Those who wish to learn more about this program may visit the EAP website or call 1-800-242-7371.
Times of grief remind us of the importance of caring for and supporting one another, never more so than in this especially difficult period.
Richard J. Helldobler, PhD