Archie Arthur Hoffman, 73, a retired major general in the Air Force Medical Corps and founding member of the Society of Air Force Physicians, died June 19 at Malcolm Grow Medical Center at Andrews Air Force Base, where he was commanding officer from 1958 to 1967. He had had a stroke.

Gen. Hoffman, who lived in Bethesda, was born in Boston. He graduated from Massachusetts State College and took his medical degree at the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond.

In 1940, he was commissioned in the Army Medical Corps and was assigned to the old Army Air Corps. During World War II, he was a hospital commander and flight surgeon in Central and South America.

He went into the Air Force when it became a separate service in 1947. He took a residency in internal medicine at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in the early 1950s and also specialized in injuries caused by the cold in Korea during the war there.

Subsequent assignments included a tour in the Office of the Surgeon General of the Air Force. He also conducted studies on heart problems afflicting the relatively young and active members of the Air Force and on tuberculosis and poliomyelitis.

Gen. Hoffman received the star of a brigadier general during the years he commanded what is now Malcolm Grow Medical Center at Andrews Air Force Base. In 1967, he again was assigned to the Office of the Surgeon General of the Air Force and he was promoted to major general. He retired in 1968 for health reasons.

In retirement, he was a consultant to the American College of Cardiology and a senior consultant in aviation medicine to the Federal Aviation Administration. He continued this work until about 1975.

Gen. Hoffman's military decorations include the Air Force Commendation Medal. The Society of Air Force Physicians, which he helped found, is the professional group of internists in the Air Force. It is a chapter of the American College of Physicians.

Gen. Hoffman's survivors include his wife, Gertrude S. Hoffman of Bethesda; two children, Heidi R. Hoffman, also of Bethesda, and Col. Peter F. Hoffman, the deputy commander of the Malcolm Grow facility and a resident of Andrews Air Force Base, and five grandchildren.