William H. Hooper, Jr.
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Salisbury-William H. Hooper, Jr. passed away at the age of 88 on August 2, 2014 at his residence at Lakeside Assisted Living, Salisbury MD.
William H. Hooper, Jr. was born June 2, 1926 at Dorchester Memorial Hospital, Cambridge, Maryland, the son of W. Haddaway and Sally Brannock Hooper of Cambridge, Maryland. Grandparents were Thomas Stonewall and stepmother Josephine Hooper of Vienna, Maryland and Jefferson Jackson and Sally Brannock of Cambridge, Maryland. Bill graduated from Cambridge High School May 24, 1943 as Vice President of his class where his main interests were academics, sports, drama, sailing and music. A small dance band was organized in 1939, active during World War II years and was known as "The Moonlight Knights". His favorite out-of-school activity was sailing his boat "Downbeat".
During his senior year, he was accepted in the U. S. Navy Y-12 College Training Program for Commissioned Officers. Sworn in on his 17th birthday, Bill trained at Mt. St. Mary's College, Emmitsburg, MD and Franklin & Marshall College, Lancaster, PA, later graduating with Class 22 at Midshipman's School, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL. He was commissioned Ensign, U.S.N.R. on May 24, 1945 - two years after his high school graduation and six days before his 19th birthday, making him one of the youngest U. S. Navy commissioned officers during World War II.
After commissioning he was assigned to Destroyer duty with the Fifth Fleet (Pacific) on the U.S.S. Swanson DD 443. His division officer was Lt. John V. Lindsay - U. S. Representative and Mayor of New York City following the World War II years. The Swanson was decommissioned at Charleston, South Carolina in February, 1946 and Bill was re-assigned to further decommissioning duty with Destroyer Escorts at Green Cove Springs, Florida until being release to inactive duty in April 1946.
He returned to Franklin & Marshall where he became involved in drama, sports and fraternity activities serving as President of his fraternity in his senior year. For two years following graduation in May 1946 Bill taught high school in Vienna, Maryland. He was ordered back to active duty during the Korean War and assigned to the U.S.S. Havlan R. Dickson D.D. 443 with the Destroyer Force, Atlantic Fleet. A 14 month tour of duty in the Mediterranean Sea with the Sixth Fleet followed three month period of extensive training and exercises at sea and a special ordinance program at the Newport Rhode Island U. S. Navy Gunnery School.
Enroute to the Mediterranean, Bill went into the water of the Atlantic Ocean and rescued a sailor by towing him back to the ship after he had been washed overboard in extremely bad weather. A letter of commendation was awarded for this action.
The Swanson was ordered to the Brooklyn Navy Yard shortly after returning from the Mediterranean for extensive repairs including installation of sophisticated armament. Bill and Doris Elaine Hillman of Park Ridge, Illinois, who had met when Bill was at Midshipman's School in 1944, were married at the Navy Yard Chapel on March 11, 1952.
Bill was released to inactive duty for the second time in October 1952 and he and Doris returned to live in Salisbury, MD where Bill joined Rubberset Company, working in research and development and later, sales management. A lifelong love and interest in sailing and all types of activities with boats played a great part in both Bill's and Doris' lives. They were members of Somers Cove Marina and enjoyed many years navigating the waters of the Chesapeake Bay aboard their boat, the Exemplar. He was also supportive of the arts and active with his alumni association at his alma mater, Franklin & Marshall where he was also a benefactor of the Roschel Performing Arts Center.
Mr. Hooper was a member of Bethesda U.M. Church, the South Maryland Sailing Association, Eastern Shore Sailing Association, Somers Cove Yacht Club, Friends of Somers Cove Marina, Friends of the Salisbury Zoo and was a volunteer at the Wicomico County Regional Library. He was formerly a member of the Cambridge Country Club and the Cambridge Yacht Club.
His wife of 50 years, Doris Elaine Hooper, died October 13, 2002. He was also preceded in death by a brother, R. Jefferson Hooper who died in February 11, 1993. Survivors included three nieces, Sally Bell, Montpelier Virginia; Vickie Hill, Richmond, Virginia; Diane Curry, McLean, Virginia; one nephew, Mark Hooper, Richmond, Virginia; one cousin, Faye Wroton, Cambridge, Maryland; three grandnieces and five grandnephews.
A memorial service will be held August 30th, 2014 at 2:00 at the Holloway Funeral Home. The family will receive friends and guests beginning at 1:00.
Arrangements are in the care of Holloway Funeral Home, 501 Snow Hill Road, Salisbury MD 21804. Please visit www.hollowayfh.com to express condolences.
Holloway Funeral Home
501 Snow Hill Road Salisbury, MD 21804
Published in The Daily Times on Aug. 24, 2014