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Cora Lillian Orkins Hoffman
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Birth: 1889
New York, USA
Death: Feb. 20, 1962
Kings County (Brooklyn)
New York, USA

Thursday, March 1, 1962 - THE WARRENSBURG NEWS:
A funeral service for Mrs. Cora Bennett Hoffman, widow of Floyd Bennett,the aviator for whom the Navy named Floyd Bennett Field in Brooklyn in 1931, was held
Friday in the Fairchild Chapel at 951 Atlantic Ave., Brooklyn. Burial was in Nassau Knolls Cemetery, Port Washington, L.I.

Mrs. Hoffman, seventy-three, who was married to Arthur Hoffman, a music publisher's agent, after Mr. Bennett's death in 1928, died on Monday in her home at 3211 Ave. I , Brooklyn. Mr. Hoffman died in 1954.

It was understood that Mrs. Hoffman had willed to the Smithsonian Institution all the medals and trophies awarded to her first husband, a Navy enlisted man and
veteran pilot closely associated with the late Rear Adm. Richard E. Byrd in Greenland and North Pole expeditions.

Mr. Bennett died at the age of thirty-seven in Quebec of double pneumonia resulting from exposure suffered in efforts to go to the relief of three trans-Atlantic fliers downed on an island in the Gulf of St. Lawrence.

Aviators had been regarded as poor life insurance risks in the relatively early days of the air age and, although the picture had begun to change, the widow was left not very well off. Ironically, her first job to support herself was selling life insurance.

In addition, she learned to fly and also published a biography of her first husband. In 1942 she was sponsor of the destroyer Bennett, named for her husband and launched in Boston. For a time she lectured on her husband's expeditions and illustrated the talks with slides he had left her.

Mrs. Hoffman came from Ticonderoga, N.Y. There are no immediate survivors. 
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  Floyd Bennett (1890 - 1928)
Nassau Knolls Cemetery
Port Washington
Nassau County
New York, USA
Created by: Jim Pulver
Record added: Jul 28, 2013
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Cora Lillian <i>Orkins</i> Hoffman
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