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Richard B. Hopper ’37

Published in Nov. 8, 1989, issue

Photographer and faithful Princetonian Dick Hopper died on Feb. 26, 1989, of congenital heart disease. He had retired in 1979 to Littleton, Colo., where he went to the health spa six days a week and enjoyed four-wheel-driving in the mountains and wearing his original beer jacket.

Dick played basketball and golf and participated in dramatics at Choate, and at Princeton he played on the freshman football team and was a member of the Triangle Club and Charter Club. He majored in economics. After graduation, he worked for G.A.F. Corp. and then General Aniline and Film Corp.; before the war, he was a branch manager in Dallas, and by 1947, he was an office supervisor in N.Y.C. During the war, he served with the Army Air Force, flying a pursuit plane at Guadalcanal and a B-17 in the 11th Bombardment Group in the Solomons and Fiji. He ended up a major. In 1952, he was managing a photography lab in Stockton, N.J., and in 1956, he was a market researcher in Binghamton, N.Y., and a farmer in Montrose, Penn. While in Stockton, he raised a pig for our 15th reunion, for which he also served as official photographer. In 1968, he moved to Pompano Beach, Fla., where he was licensed in real-estate sales, "but not working at it."

Dick married Jean Menschick in 1944. She died in 1979, leaving him with Dick Jr., Matthew, Erin, and Barbara (Mrs. William Coleman). His son Barry was killed in Vietnam in 1970.

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