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August 23, 2006

Robert K. Hoffman, 1947-2006

Robert K. Hoffman, a co-founder, managing editor and longtime trustee of National Lampoon, died on Sunday from complications of leukemia. Hoffman was a key editorial presence according to his peers. A graduate of Harvard and its business school, Hoffman was one of three members of Harvard Lampoon who became a co-founder of the satirical, national magazine, along with Henry Beard and the late Doug Kenney. In addition to its contributions to American satire as a breeding ground for writers and performers, National Lampoon was a home to a significant amount of accomplished cartooning.

Hoffman used his buyout from the magazine's parent company to buy modern art, eventually amassing a collection worth $150 million, and later became both a hugely successful businessman and a patron of the arts in the Dallas area. He was 59 years old.

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