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Elizabeth Dunn Hooff

Mrs. Charles R. Hooff Jr. (Elizabeth T. Dunn), 97, formerly of Alexandria, VA, died on August 1, 2014, in Falls Church, VA.


Born in Bristol, PA, she was one of nine children of Mr. and Mrs. Houston Dunn (Elizabeth Elmslie Taylor). She graduated in 1936 from Agnes Irwin School in Rosemont, PA. She met Mr. Hooff in Philadelphia, where they were later married on October 14, 1938, at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church. When her husband joined the United States Navy, she initially lived in Newport, RI, and later moved to Alexandria to be with his family. Most of her 72 years in Alexandria were spent at “The Hooff Cottage” near Seminary Hill.


Mrs. Hooff began her professional career as a stockbroker with Rouse, Brewer, Becker and Bryant in the late 1960s, at a time when there were very few female stockbrokers within the profession. Later she became the first female director on the board of the Burke and Herbert Bank.


Mrs. Hooff belonged to the Historic Alexandria Foundation; the Mount Vernon chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution; and the Hunting Creek Garden Club, where she was active in the Christmas workshop, making wreaths of boxwood. She was very active during the formation of the American Horticultural Society. She was also a member of the Belle Haven Country Club; the City Tavern Club; the Old Dominion Boat Club; and the Campagna Center of Alexandria, where she enjoyed learning the French language. For many years, Mrs. Hooff was one of the hostesses of the Alexandria Assembly, and was a member and supporter of The Twig, an organization of women dedicated to providing financial aid and volunteer service and support to the Inova Alexandria Hospital.

Mrs. Hooff is survived by two children and their spouses, Mr. and Mrs. Charles R. Hooff III of Lorton, VA, and Mr. and Mrs. James T. Norman (Bierman—Caroline T. Hooff) of Alexandria and White Stone, VA; five grandchildren and their spouses, Mr. and Mrs. Phillip Andreozzi of Alexandria; Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Bierman Jr. of Moscow, Russia; Dr. and Mrs. Daniel Casella of Nashville, TN; Mr. and Mrs. Churchill Hooff of Alexandria; and Mr. and Mrs. William Jay, also of Alexandria; and twelve great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by Mr. Hooff, who died in 1995.

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