On Saturday, March 30, 2019, Marble Hill resident Anne J. Hofmann died after a long illness at the age of 67.
She had various distinguished careers in the public sector. She was a 38-year veteran of the New York Public Library system, beginning as a clerk at the Kingsbridge branch and rising all the way to chief librarian of the Donnell and Mid-Manhattan library centers in Manhattan.
She enjoyed spending the early years of her career in the Bronx, where she was chief librarian of various branches across the borough.
A former president of the New York Library Association, she was the recipient of multiple honors during her career. She also played a prominent role in the leadership of the American Library Association, where she was the Public Library Association representative.
For the past 24 years, she was a well-respected professor of public policy at Baruch College. She was instrumental in building the public affairs department and a pioneer in their online education program.
A graduate of St. John’s parochial school, Spellman High School and Lehman College, she held two master’s degrees — a master of library science degree from Queens College, and a master of public administration from Baruch College. She spent nearly 60 years residing on Adrian Avenue in Marble Hill, a prominent member of the community.
She served the Riverdale/Kingsbridge community as a board member of Bronx Community Board 8. She also was the longest tenured president of the Marble Hill Neighborhood Improvement Corp., a grassroots organization that advanced the interests of the community throughout the 1980s and ‘90s.
She had a passion for theatre and travel, attending hundreds of Broadway shows and visiting dozens of countries. She frequently visited her parents’ native Donegal, Ireland, where she will be laid to rest.
She is survived by her son Dennis and grandson Shane; sister Mary O’Neill and husband Brian; brothers Liam McGrory and wife Bonnie, Eugene McGrory and wife Kerrie, Kevin McGrory and wife Jenny and nephews Eamonn and Harry.
She also is survived by sister-in-law Diane and her nephews and nieces Philip, Christine, Stephen and Kaitlyn.
Her brother Philip preceded her in death, as did her parents Margaret and Philip Laurence McGrory.