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Harriet Elizabeth Hoffman

SALISBURY — Harriet Elizabeth Hoffman, age 76,  died on Nov. 5, 2018, at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, Mass., after a 14-month battle with AML. 

She was  the daughter of the late John Norton Hoffman and Elizabeth Warner Hoffman of  Briarcliff Manor, N.Y., and Salisbury. 

Harriet graduated from Briarcliff High School (1960), Grinnell College (1964) and  Katherine Gibbs (1966).

She was a long-term resident of Arlington, Mass., and had a 40-year editing  career at Harvard, for many decades as the managing editor of the Quarterly  Journal of Economics. 

An active birder, Harriet was a member of the Board of  Directors of Bird Observer magazine and wrote numerous articles for their publication. In addition, she was a member of the Nature Conservancy.  For  many decades, she participated in the Christmas bird count in the Arlington  area.

Harriet was an ardent environmentalist and supported numerous groups that lobbied for greater protection of the biosphere. She enjoyed nature-related trips to Egypt, England, Scandinavia, Baja California, Hudson’s Bay, the Galapagos and the Florida Keys.

Harriet will be remembered for her independence, her passionate love of books, her dedication to her nephews and grandnephews and her love of  nature. 

She particularly enjoyed sitting on the dock at Twin Lakes,  reading, watching the birds or interacting with her nephews. When not on the dock, she could regularly be seen sitting in a rocking chair on the porch,   binoculars in hand, scanning for eagles, mergansers, great blue herons, loons or pileated woodpeckers.

Harriet is survived by her sister, Sarah Adele Ho, of Portland, Ore.; her brother, John Warner Hoffman of Lakeville and his wife, Sarah Zarbock; her nephews Delsin Ho and Elan Ho of Portland and her nephews Michael Hoffman of Austin, Texas, and Graeme Hoffman, of Canton, N.Y.; her grandnieces, Lauryn Elizabeth Ho and Elsie Joann Ho; her grandnephews, Aidan Gaspard Brezault-Hoffman, Maël Benjamin Brezault-Hoffman and Elliott Peter Hoffman.

There will be private services in Portland and at Harriet’s beloved family Twin Lakes summer cottage. Memorial donations in lieu of flowers may be sent to Office of Development, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, 330 Brookline Ave., Boston, MA. 02215, in her name.