Steven Andrew Hofstadler

May 19, 1965January 18, 2014

Steven Andrew Hofstadler (age 48) of Vista, CA passed on to be with the Lord after spending a perfect day with his family on a beach in San Diego this January 18, 2014. Cause of death was an aortic dissection. Steve was born in Albuquerque, NM on May 19, 1965. He is survived by his wife of 20 years, Nina and their two boys, Justin (17) and Shane (14), parents, Hugo and Gail Hofstadler, brother, Paul, sister in law, Joyce and nephews, Tommy and James, Father in Law, Richard Moots, brother in law, Carey Moots, and sister in laws, Rita Moots Skinner and Erin Moots and many nieces and nephews (Callahan, Liam, Clare, Cera, Stephen, and Killian).

After attending Del Norte High School and the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, Steven received his PhD from University of Texas in Austin and became a research scientist. He spent his early career at Battelle Pacific Northwest Laboratory in Richland, Washington. He was most recently serving as the Divisional Vice President of Research & Development for Ibis Biosciences, Inc. a division of Abbott Molecular, Inc. Steven had a very successful career which included traveling all over the world to give talks and writing hundreds of papers. He was issued over 50 patents, and received several industry awards for his research including induction into the prestigious Volwiler Society at Abbott. He found his work in drug discovery and pathogen detection particularly rewarding but not as much fun as experimentation with explosives which was necessary on some of his government contract work.

Steve was a kind, loving, generous Christian person. He was an inspirational husband, father, brother, and son. He always found a way to bring a smile to the face of everyone he knew. He possessed a wonderful sense of humor and positive attitude. He truly lived life to its fullest. He was active in youth baseball, community service, charitable giving, and chocolate consumption. Recently, he took an interest in collecting and repairing antique watches which still didn't help the family get to church on time.

Steve's Celebration of Life (Memorial) Service will be this Sunday, Jan 26th at 4:30pm at North Coast Church Carlsbad located at 2310 Camino Vida Roble, Carlsbad, CA 92011. Phone: 760-724-6700. Attire is "joyful colors". No need to send flowers. Steve would rather you support one of your favorite charities or one of his: Rady Children's Hospital (3020 Children's Way, SD 92123 Phone: 858-576-1700), Miracle League of San Diego (1343 Stratford Ct., Del Mar, CA 92014. Phone: 858-964-2222), and Operation Hope (PO Box 3273, Vista, CA 92084. Phone: 760-536-3880).

Arrangements under the direction of Eternal Hills Memorial Park, Mortuary, and Crematory, Oceanside, California.


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Chris Smith

June 10, 2014

I had the opportunity to work with Steve - great guy! I'm so very sorry for your loss...

Matt Lasater

March 18, 2014

I had the privilege of working with Steve in graduate school. He was a great teacher, always fun and patient. I am greatly saddened by the news of his passing.

My deepest condolences are with you and your family.

Barbara Lopez

February 6, 2014

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your beautiful family.

Mike G

February 3, 2014

My thoughts and prayers go out to the Hofstadler family. Steve was a wonderful person, brilliant scientist, patriot, and friend. He truly made a difference to those around him, through his friendships, his family, his hobbies and his work. Those of us who knew him are better off for having the privilege. He will always be missed. More importantly, he will always be remembered.

Liz Lloyd

January 31, 2014

I was so sad to hear this news. I had the privilege of working with Steve when he was inducted into the Volwiler Society. He was so brilliant, kind and thoughtful. My sympathies to you for your loss.

Russ Grant

January 30, 2014

Steve was a wonderful blend of supremely intelligent scientist, passionate advocate of quality, incredibly friendly in all interactions and a gentleman, a true mans man. My sincerest condolences and best wishes to his family in this trying time. God bless you Steve.

Vicki Campbell

January 30, 2014

Dear Nina, Justin, and Shane,
I am so very sorry to hear of your loss. I had the privilege of working in the same lab as Steve in grad school in Austin, TX. He was so smart, so generous with his time, and simply joyful to be around. I remember how much he would light up when he would talk about playing volleyball with Nina; he was so in love!

Often before conferences, everyone would be working in the lab until the wee hours of the morning; normally people would get tired and a maybe a little discouraged, but not when Steve was there. He always kept the place lively with his antics and his smile. And the comment about his consumption of chocolate is totally true! He used to keep a drawer full of chocolate bars because sometimes he'd be so busy working that he'd forget to eat. (I was always amazed he could stay so skinny!) Anyway, one day our professor discovered that Steve had chocolate in his desk and got into the habit of helping himself. It wasn't long before Steve caught him and gave him the moniker "Snicker-butt". Thankfully our professor had a great sense of humor and loved Steve, too, even when Steve photoshopped his head coming out of a cartoon mass spectrometer. That photo stayed up on the lab door for years to follow. Steve was a wonderful man, scientist, and friend, and I am sure he loved you all dearly. My heart and my prayers go out to you.
Vicki Campbell (Katy, TX)

Mimi Roy

January 29, 2014

My heart goes out to Steve's family and friends. He will be dearly missed.

Steve and I met in 1999 to collaborate on a project that required his expertise in mass spectrometry. His enthusiasm for this science and his inclusive and encouraging attitude was key in my decision to change gears and dive into mass spec full time. He was an unusual mix of high professional/scientific success and humility. A great example and a mentor.

Although I never met his family, from the day we met until the last time we spoke, every time I saw him at a conference he would mention his wife and sons with a big smile on his face and a twinkle in his eyes. He was an inspiration and always will be.

May he rest in peace.

Ravinder SINGH

January 28, 2014

Very Sad day for me.
What a loss to the family and community?
Very intelligent and enterpreneur guy and was very inspirational.
Ravinder Singh Mayo Clinic

Michael Freitas

January 28, 2014

My sincerest condolences to Steve's Family. Steve was an exceptional colleague and a brilliant scientist. He will be sorely missed.