Alan Hopeman Sr.
1920 - 2017
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Born Fargo, North Dakota October 20, 1920. Died on April 12, 2017. Married Dorothy Marie Carlson on June 12, 1943. B.S. Concordia College Moorhead, 1942. University of Minnesota Medical School, MD 1950. United States Army Medical Corps, 1943 to 1970, 4 years enlisted service in and after World War II, 24 years active duty. 5 years reserves. Retired as a Colonel. Military trauma surgeon and teacher of the art of surgery during Korean and Vietnam wars. Order of Military Medical Merit. Legion of Merit. Professor of Thoracic Surgery at University of Missouri, University of Nebraska, University of Colorado. Golden Apple Outstanding Teacher Awards at all three medical schools. Named Professor Emeritus at University of Colorado, where a named lectureship in thoracic surgery was established in his honor. After retirement volunteered as a surgeon/teacher at the Denver Veterans Administration Hospital for ten years. Moorhead High School Hall of Fame. Honorary doctorate Concordia College 1992. Concordia College Outstanding Alumni Award 2015. Survived by his five children, Jon, Alan, Jr. (Martha), Mark (Denise), Ross (Dawna), and Mary Palafox (Mario), his daughter in law Jane Hopeman, grandchildren, great grandchildren, his beloved sister Beth Dille of Moorhead, and many nieces and nephews. Deeply loved by his grandchildren and his great grandchildren, six of whom attended his 96th birthday party. Lover of his family, the Army, art (especially Native American and Japanese), song, football, kids, dogs, books, food, wine, the prairies, the desert, the mountains, the rivers, and his country. A big guy, a big heart. The family especially thanks his special caregiver Martha Renstrom, the amazing rehab and hospice workers at Episcopal Church Home, at Health East, and at Episcopal Homes in St. Paul. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the American Indian College Fund (8333 Greenwood Blvd., Denver, CO 80221) the Hopeman Family Endowed Scholarship (Office of Advancement, Concordia College, 901 8th Street, Moorhead, MN 56562 or or a charity of donor's choice. Visitation at Ft. Snelling Memorial Veterans Chapel, Hwy 5 & 55, Fort Snelling, MN on Thursday, April 20 at 9:00 a.m., funeral service at 10:00 a.m. at Ft. Snelling Chapel followed by reception at Becketwood Senior Cooperative, 4300 West River Parkway South, Minneapolis 55406. Private burial later at Fort Snelling National Cemetery. Nokomis Park Chapel 612-721-1651

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Published in Denver Post on Apr. 16, 2017.
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April 10, 2019
A great human been, a great professor that left a tread in all his disciples and fomented independence with his teaching. A man of character, firm personality always congruent with ethics, moral, verb, and action. A fantastic surgeon. All my my family misses him very much and I will be forever grateful for his teachings and his friendship. We share wonderful moments with him, that was a great honor for us, and his visit to Costa Rica was a great learning experience to every one that came in contact with him. He will be in our prayers always.
Miguel Alfaro
April 18, 2017
He was my profesor in Missouri and visited Costa Rica in 1979. A great human being, fantastic surgeon and teacher. Very high cultural level. Left a tread in every discipule. We will miss him very much. Always gratefull and forever will be in my memory.
Miguel Alfaro
April 17, 2017
I knew Dr. and Mrs. Hopeman because of my parents, Dr. and Mrs. Peisel. They served in the Army together. When I moved to Denver, many years later, I called them at my parents suggestion, to say'hi' and was immediately asked to Thanksgiving Dinner the next day even though I had never met them before. The most gracious of people, I will never forget their warmth and charm. I stayed in Denver, got married and then when my son took an interest in the Japanese language and Native American Indians, Dr. Hopeman delighted in giving him a mini-tour in his house of some of the art pieces he had collected. We always felt welcome. Thank you Dr. Hopeman. We miss you.
Judith Burkholder
April 16, 2017
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