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Dr. John B. Hopper II

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(Asbury Park Press)
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Dr. John B. Hopper II, 89, Whiting, died Friday, Feb. 19, 2010 at Community Medical Center, Toms River. Dr. Hopper was born October 3, 1920 in Paterson, NJ. He attended Ridgewood High School and the University of Virginia. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania Medical School in 1944. He did his residency in obstetrics at Margaret Hague Hospital, Jersey City. Shortly after he entered the US Navy as a Lt(jg) in the Medical Corps. After a round the world cruise on the General Callan AP 139, a troop ship, he returned to New Jersey and began a medical practice in Mendham. He was associated with Morristown Memorial Hospital and All Souls Hospital, Morristown. Over the next 27 years, he delivered 3,500 babies. He was recalled to active duty by the Navy for two years during the Korean War. He lived in Mendham until 1955 when he moved his family to a 65-acre horse farm in Chester where they raised and showed Arabian horses. He served as the first president of the Arabian Horse Association of NJ. They moved back to Mendham ten years later until 1974 when he moved to Thornton, NH to work in Linwood Medical Center, Lincoln, NH. After five years, he moved his practice to the barn of his farmhouse until his retirement. In 2006 he moved to The Pines in Whiting. Dr. Hopper was an avid sailor who took two sailing trips through the Caribbean. He also loved to ski and play golf.
He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Frances Deitrick Hopper; three children and their spouses, John B. Hopper III (Marjory) of Brielle, Peter B. Hopper (Barbara) of Strongsville, Ohio, Dr Anne R. Knutson (Dr. Eric) of Lunenburg, MA and 10 grandchildren.
Funeral services will be private with internment in the Mad River Cemetery, Thornton, NH. Neary-Quinn Funeral Home, Manasquan was in charge of the arrangements.

Published in Asbury Park Press & Daily Record on Mar. 2, 2010
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