Donald Hopkins

Joliet, Illinois

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R.I.P. Mr. Hopkins

"Thank You Sir. Hopkins for being the teacher that made a difference in my/our life. You gave me my First D.J. Gig [4yrs] in the morning before-classes started. Wow I was in Joliet when my Dad-passed away on 11/02/2011 I had no ideal. God Bless the Hopkins, Sorry for your Loss. Thank You Lord for a great role model. From the Tony-Travis Family. Orange County California.

i was an sfa student who took his physics class summer of '63. i still tell stories of how we "burned water." one of my best high school teachers. just found obit today. my sympathy. sfa '65

Mr. Hopkins was one of the best teachers I ever had, at any level. Physics was a difficult subject for me and he found a way to make it fun and interesting. What a great legacy! My prayers and sincere condolences go out to his family. JTW Class of '70.

It is really strange, that just on the day he passed, I was looking @ JHN Online. I no longer live in Joliet, so I check the Obits occasionally, and I for some strange reason, thought of 'Hoppy' and couldn't remember if he was still alive on not! Though I never had him for a teacher, he certainly was GREAT for the TIGERS and school spirit. I certainly hope there were some PASSED Tigers there to 'cheer him in' when he entered the gates of heaven. Class of 70...

I know I can speak for all members of the JTHS Class of '64 who were fortunate enough to be blessed with one of the greatest physics teachers of all time! We cannot forget how interesting he made the lectures - relying on a few key 'spies' to fill him in on what was going on with students, using our names in his lectures and tests, always up on our latest favorite songs and working them into his lectures to keep them interesting. And oh those famous labs: cooking grits on bunsen burners, etc...

Thank You Hop for being the teacher that made a difference in my life. You made learning fun. My prayers and thoughts go the family. Class of 82.

Mr. Hopkins was my favorite teacher. Two memories I need to share: 1. Being afraid to look at our physics tests, not for fear of failing, but because somehow he knew who a student was interested in (the person of interest probably did not know yet!) or some other embarrassing fact, and 2. Being at a home football game during West's 21+/- winning streak. The students had made lots of confetti from white paper, and while the air was full of it, Mr. Hopkins announced "Let it snow, let...

Rest In Peace Hop. You were a beloved teacher, and neighbor. Your family is in my prayers.

I know it's hard to lose a parent but please never stop talking to your father. He is still there for you & your family. Your family will be in my thoughts & prayers.

Cher Smith-Conrad


Donald's Obituary

Hopkins, Donald George "Hop" Age 82. Passed away peacefully, Sunday November 6, 2011 at his residence. Born in Chicago on September 29, 1929 to the late Frank and Caroline Hopkins. Husband of Marilyn (nee Meyer), whom he met at the Brookfield Zoo in the Monkey House! Father of Diane...

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