Florian "Red" Hofer spent most of his professional career as a top executive (COO and CFO) at BDM International Inc., a leader in information systems integration and technology services. His wife, Janet, had a lifelong interest in history, working at historical sites and volunteering for and heading historical societies in Great Falls and Warrenton, Virginia. Two of their four children, Susan Hofer McCarthy and Anna Hofer Vanhoy, attended UMW before going on to graduate from UVA. Son-in-law, John McCarthy III, graduated from UMW in 1984; and granddaughter, Moira C. McCarthy, graduated in 2012.
In 1987, Red began serving on the UMW Board of Visitors and retired as Rector in 1995. He served for more than 20 years on the UMW Foundation Board, including terms as Vice President and President.
In 1996, he and his wife, Janet, made "The Hofer Challenge" at Mary Washington to increase alumni giving and participation within the Annual Fund. In 2002, they gave a significant contribution to support the naming of the Rectors’ Gallery in the Jepson Alumni Executive Center.
Red and Janet endowed a scholarship to help UMW students experiencing financial difficulties affecting their ability to complete their education in 2018 shortly before Janet passed away.