**In Loving Memory of Dr. Alan M. Hofmeister (September 26, 1939 - September 15, 2023)**
On Friday, September 15, 2023, surrounded by his family, Dr. Alan M. Hofmeister of Springsure, Queensland, Australia, passed away, leaving behind a legacy of dedication and transformation in the world of education. Born in September 1939, Alan's life was a testament to the profound impact one generous and giving individual can have on the lives of countless children and families.
In 1969, Alan earned his Ph.D. in Education from the University of Oregon. Fueled by his passion for teaching and a desire to improve the lives of children, he embarked on a remarkable career that would benefit many.
After completing his Ph.D. Alan moved to Logan, Utah, where he joined the faculty at Utah State University. Here, he thrived as an educator and researcher, garnering an impressive array of accomplishments throughout his career. His dedication to education, especially for children with disabilities was unwavering, and he secured dozens of federal and other grants to support his research.
Alan's most enduring legacy is his work in early literacy. He understood that literacy is the cornerstone of a child's education, and he dedicated himself to developing programs that would open doors to knowledge for children around the world. Alan's programs have transcended borders and are now used in countless classrooms across the USA and beyond, enriching the lives of young learners and setting them on a path to success.
Beyond his professional achievements, Alan loved his family. His generous nature endeared him to all who had the privilege of knowing him. When not teaching or working with colleagues Alan loved being outdoors with friends and family. He taught his children to fish, backpack and sail. From backpacking the coastal trails of Cornwall England to catching crab off the coast of Oregon, or boating the coast of British Columbia, Alan loved being near the sea. He also rode motorcycles, ran marathons and sang Australian folk songs around the campfire.
Alan is survived by his wife Judy, and her children Teresa, Laura, and Anthony. Alan’s legacy lives on through the children of his first marriage Joni, Leah and Andy and four grandchildren Anna, Sean, Ian and Oliver. A family graveside service will be held this week and a Celebration of Life will be held in the spring.
Dr. Alan Hofmeister leaves behind a legacy of generosity and enlightenment, reminding us that learning changes lives. His work will continue to impact educators, parents, and children, ensuring that his mission to improve early literacy will continue.
As we bid farewell to a visionary educator and a compassionate advocate for children's futures, let us remember Dr. Alan Hofmeister with gratitude and admiration for his lifelong dedication to making the world a better place through learning. His legacy will light the path for generations to come, helping children have the opportunity to reach for the stars.