Hoefer's obituary is eye-opening to me as well. I'd never known there was a connection with a North Carolina town that is so beloved to me - Chapel Hill - or that Hoefer's father had taught there. It is clear that this fascinating man was devoted and dedicated to the music he loved, rescuing mud-covered records from flooded river banks and saving them from ruin. What a story ! He seems also to have been a gracious individual, offering his home to fellow jazz fans and musicians who might have been down on their luck. I have to wonder at the origin of his love for this music, and the fact that his life came to an end as he was listening to it.
Thanks so much for sharing this. It is on my "bucket list" to one day visit the Institute of Jazz Studies at Rutgers where Hoefer's files are housed.