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Commercial artist's life cut short

Friday, November 16, 2012

Dean Hofman's scratch art drawing the Union Pacific locomotive 998 will hang in the Museum of the High Plains in McCook, Nebraska, through November. Dean graduated form the Nebraska School for the Deaf in Omaha.
McCOOK, Nebraska -- A scratch art drawing of "Union Pacific 998" by Dean Hofman is on loan to the Museum of the High Plains in downtown McCook, Nebraska. It will hang with the exhibit of a collection of railroad art, "Railroads and the Making of Modern America," loaned by Sheldon Statewide to the McCook museum through November.

Paul Martin of McCook loaned the picture done by Hofman, his late brother-in-law.

Born in 1938, Dean was the second son of William and Henrietta Hofman and grew up in the Ash Creek area southeast of McCook, near St. John's Lutheran Church.

Dean Hofman
Paul said that Dean was deaf from birth. He studied, and excelled at art, from age four at the Detroit Lutheran School for the Deaf in Detroit, Michigan. Dean's mural of Jesus Christ, called "Ephphatha," hung in the school, Paul said.

Dean attended high school and graduated from the Nebraska School for the Deaf in Omaha, where he was an honor student.

Paul said that Dean worked as a commercial artist for Douglas Aircraft in Long Beach, California, enlarging and reducing airplane plans by hand.

Dean died of kidney failure in 1960 at the age of 22 years old, Paul said.

Dean Hofman's picture and the Sheldon exhibit will hang in the McCook museum, located at 413 Norris Ave., through Wednesday, Nov 28. The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday, from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m.

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