Richard A. Hoefs, long-time LSTC treasurer, dies December 1, 2010

Richard A. “Dick” Hoefs, a member of the Lutheran School of Theology foundation board of trustees, died November 25, 2010, in Fitchburg, Wis., after a brief illness. Mr. Hoefs served on LSTC’s board of directors from 1974 to 2007, and as treasurer from 1981 to 2007. In 2005, he was presented with LSTC’s Distinguished Service Award.

LSTC President James Kenneth Echols said, “Dick Hoefs was a true saint of God who witnessed to Jesus Christ in his daily life, emphasized the importance of prayer and did what he could to help others. His ministry of service at Lutheran Social Services of Illinois, LSTC and Opportunity International were exemplary and allowed him to express his love for God's people, a love that he knew personally and firsthand.”

Serving where he could be useful

Richard Hoefs was born and raised in Beaver Dam, Wis. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1950 with a degree in business administration. He served as a captain in the U.S. Air Force in the Korean War. In 1952, he married Barbara Schmock.

In 1950 he joined the accounting firm Arthur Anderson, specializing in international taxes. He was made a partner in the firm and remained with them until his retirement in 1985. In 1960, Hoefs earned a law degree from DePaul University.

In a 2005 interview, Hoefs talked about the connection of faith and service in his life. “God put me on a path to become a director in the 1960s,” he said of his introduction to the friend who would invite him to join the newly formed Chicago Council on Foreign Relations. “That started me on the board path.” Hoefs served on approximately 20 boards since then, including Lutheran Social Services of Illinois, the Midwest Committee for International Economic Development, the Lutheran Foundation of the Southwest, the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, and Opportunity International.

When asked about a vision for his life, Hoefs said, “My vision was to do what was needed where I could best be useful. Over the years, there have been things that I’ve thought I’d like to be involved with – and I just turned it over to God. Sometimes it works out and sometimes it doesn’t, but in retrospect, I can see that it always turns out for the best.”

Dick Hoefs is survived by son Robert (Debra), daughter Nancy Connelly (Brendan), seven grandchildren, and a great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara. A funeral services will be held at All Saints Lutheran Church, Fitchburg, Wis., on December 2.

Information taken from the obituary.


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The Lutheran School of Theology (LSTC) is dedicated to bearing witness to the good news of Jesus Christ. Based in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood, it is the leading urban Lutheran seminary training students for purposeful vocations in the global community. Aligned with its Lutheran heritage and built on a foundation of intellectual rigor, LSTC’s innovative, nationally recognized curriculum gives students skills for visionary Christian leadership in the public sphere.

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