Nancy Hoffman J.D. ’74 was born in San Francisco on Sept. 13, 1933, to Franz Rosenfeld and Sara (Flaschen) Rosenfeld, who Polish immigrants to the U.S. who narrowly missed the Holocaust, in which most of their relatives perished. Nancy was raised in San Francisco with her brother, Samuel. She was a sitting judge in Santa Clara County for 20 years, first appointed to the bench by Gov. Jerry Brown ’59 in 1980. She later won an election for a seat on the Superior Court, and retired in 2000. Before beginning her legal career, she graduated from UC Berkeley and was an elementary school teacher in San Francisco, France, and Germany. She married Daniel Hoffman in 1961 and they raised three children in Saratoga. While raising her children, she embraced the feminist movement and went to law school at Santa Clara University, graduating summa cum laude and practicing law as a public defender before being appointed to the bench. Throughout her career, she was a mentor and role model to women, teaching by example that anything is possible through strength and determination. She later married Jacques Wolgelenter, who passed away in 2015 after the couple shared more than 20 years together. She endured five years of a rare form of cancer and, more recently, Alzheimer’s. Nancy died peacefully at her home in Menlo Park on Nov. 9, 2017, at the age of 84. She is survived by her three children, Sharon Hoffman, Jeremy Hoffman, and Carolyn Hoffman Carlesimo (P.J.) and grandchildren Kyle (15) and Casey (12). She is also survived by Michael Wolgelenter (Anne-Sophie Bolon) and Nina Wolgelenter (Brad Taylor), Kieran (12), and Amelie (5). Nancy was incredibly vibrant and led a rich and fulfilling life surrounded by the love of her friends and family. She will be dearly missed.

08 Nov 2018