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Ebbe C. Hoff collection

Identifier: 87.Jul.26

Scope and Contents

This collection contains reprints of several of Hoff's articles, speeches and books. There is no personal correspondence or original material.


  • 1929-1968


Access Restrictions

Collection is open to research.

Use Restrictions

There are no restrictions.

Biographical / Historical

Ebbe Curtis Hoff was born in Rexford, Kansas 12 August 1906. He earned his bachelors degree in Zoology, graduating summa cum laude from the University of Washington in 1928. He attended Oxford University where he earned a Masters and a PhD in neurophysiology, by 1936. He finished his MD from Oxford in 1940.

From 1932 to 1936 he held the Alexander Browne Coxe research fellow in the School of Medicine at Yale University, where he taught and conducted neurophysiologic research. He also attended the London Hospital of the University of London at the beginning of WWII. As part of work, he was assigned to several hospitals in and about London during the initial years of the War. He returned to Yale to begin research in aviation medicine for the United States War Department. This research focused on motion sickness, the effects of high altitude flying and acceleration, and structural design for crash survival.

Hoff was commissioned a Lt. Commander in the Medical Corps of the Naval Reserve where he was assigned to the Navy's Research Division of the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery. In 1946, now a Commander, he became the Assistant Naval Attache at the US Embassy in London.

After the war, Hoff began teaching as Professor of Physiology at the Medical College of Virginia in 1946. In 1948, The Commonwealth of Virginia added the Division of Alcohol Studies and Rehabilitation to the State Health Department, and Hoff was selected to be its director. For the next thirty years, Hoff would continue to teach and work the alcoholic treatment clinic, now housed at MCV.

In 1977, Hoff was granted emeritus professor status. In his years at Virginia Commonwealth University he served as Professor of Neurological Science, Professor of Psychiatry, as well as Dean of Graduate Studies. Over the course of his career, he wrote over 180 articles, books, and speeches focusing on his physiological research, military medical procedures and alcoholic addiction.

Hoff died 17 February 1985 in Richmond, Virginia. His family consists of his wife, Phebe and his children, Phebe and David.


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The collection is arranged in chronologicial order by date of publication listed in the reprint article.

Acquisition Information

The collection was donated by Hoff at the time of his retirement from teaching in 1977.

A Guide to the Ebbe C. Hoff papers
A Collection in Special Collections and Archives, Health Sciences Library, Virginia Commonwealth University, Accession number 87.Jul.26
Jody Romero
2005 By Virginia Commonwealth University. All Rights Reserved.
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Repository Details

Part of the VCU Health Sciences Library Repository

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