In Memoriam: Edward C. Hohmann, Jr.


Ed Hohmann in the lobby of the Engineering Lab building at Cal Poly Pomona.
Ed Hohmann in the lobby of the Engineering Lab building at Cal Poly Pomona.

Edward C. Hohmann, Jr., a former dean of the College of Engineering with a tenure at Cal Poly Pomona of nearly four decades, has died from complications from Alzheimer’s disease. He was 72.

Hohmann joined Cal Poly Pomona in 1971 as an assistant professor in what was then known as the chemical engineering department. Eight years later, he became chair of the department. In 1984, he became dean. He retired in 2010, earning him the distinction of being the longest-serving dean of an engineering college within the CSU system.

“Ed Hohmann was dedicated to the College of Engineering at Cal Poly Pomona and made a large impact,” says Cordelia Ontiveros, interim dean of the College of Engineering. “Ed was on campus early every morning and had boundless energy and enthusiasm. I will miss Ed, and I join others in extending my sincere condolences to his wife Lotte and his family members.”

During his time as dean, the School of Engineering became the College of Engineering and he established the Industry Action Council, which built ties between the college and the business community and was instrumental in fundraising.

He oversaw dramatic changes to engineering facilities. Several older buildings were demolished to make way for Building 17, which added 118,000 square feet of classroom and laboratory space. Upgrades were also made to Buildings 9 and 13.

Hohmann also served as interim vice president of academic affairs and helped found the Division of IT as one of its first vice presidents.

Hohmann grew up in West Hollywood and graduated from Fairfax High in Los Angeles. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering from USC in 1966, then a Master of Science degree from Michigan State University in 1967. He returned to USC to earn a Ph.D. in chemical engineering in 1971.

He is survived by his wife of 49 years; three children, Christa, Michael and Stephen; seven grandchildren; his mother, Mary J. Hohmann; and his three younger brothers, Thomas, John and Paul.

The family asks that those who wish to honor Hohmann’s memory make a donation to the Alzheimer Disease Research Center at the Keck School of Medicine of University of Southern California.

Mailing address: USC, Alzheimer Disease Research Center, Department of Neurology, 1540 Alcazar St. Ste 215, Los Angeles, CA 90033, C/O E. Taylor -Munoz Director, ADRC Administration or visit ADRC-Donate.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Feb. 18 at 1:30 p.m. at Oakdale Mortuary in Glendora, CA.