James E. Hopper
Epstein Memorial Chapel
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Columbus, OH
Hopper James E. Hopper, age 74, passed away on January 21, 2017. Preceded in death by his parents Ernest and Victoria Hopper. He is survived by his wife, Anita; daughter, Julie Hopper (Gerid Ollison); brother, Craig Hopper; and brother-in-law, Sandy (Jan) Klein. Jim graduated from Univ. of Wisconsin with B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees. He conducted postdoctoral studies at Univ. of Illinois and Univ. of Washington. Jim was a Professor of Bio. Chemistry for 27 years at Penn. State Univ. College of Medicine prior to moving to Columbus in 2006 to joint faculty appointments at Ohio State Univ. in Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics. Jim was a dedicated research scientist and professor as well as a world-class gymnast and gymnastics coach. He had many hobbies, including: glass blowing, woodworking, stone work, gardening, snorkeling, photography, cooking, and reading. Most importantly, Jim was an amazing husband and father and a dedicated mentor and teacher to his students. A memorial service will be held at 12 noon on Sunday, January 29 at the Hopper residence. In lieu of flowers, contributions specified for undergraduate research scholarships may be made to the Department of Molecular Genetics at The Ohio State University in Jim Hopper's memory. Online guestbook at www.epsteinmemorial.com

Published by The Columbus Dispatch from Jan. 23 to Jan. 25, 2017.
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Dear Anita: I was so sorry to recently learn about Jim. He was a real gentleman and a scholar. I very much enjoyed talking science with him and discussions with him were always interesting for me (and I hope for him). I send my deepest sympathies on your loss. Best wishes, Scott
April 12, 2017
Dr. Hopper you will be missed by myself and the rest of crew from Blue Ring Landscaping. We all enjoyed working with you and learning stuff from you as well. We will do our best to take care of your property and assist Mrs. Hopper with anything she needs. Rest in peace Dr. Hopper
Ryan Hosein
March 19, 2017
My mom, Anne shared the news of Jim's passing. I wanted to extend our sympathies to you Anita, and to Julie as well. Thinking of you and sending love. It's been many years since we were together at mom's house in Carlisle....but we are family and we hold you close in our hearts.
Monique Lingle
February 3, 2017
Dear Anita,

We cannot find words that are adequate, but just want to say that you and Julie are in our thoughts.

With great sadness,

John & Becky Wills
John Wills
February 1, 2017
Dear Anita and Julie, So sorry to hear of Jim's passing. Although it has been many years since my days in Hershey, I always had fond memories of Jim and his interactions with our lab. My thoughts and prayers will be with you and your family.
Sue Hess
January 31, 2017
Jim was such an inspirational and encouraging person. Indeed sad to lose such a nice person.
Sriram Satagopan
January 28, 2017
Dear Anita,
I'm terribly sorry to hear of Jim's passing. I always appreciated his clever insights, encouraging words, and love of all things yeast. May you be comforted by friends, family, and prayers during this time.
Brian Yowler
January 24, 2017
Anita and Julie, so very sorry to learn of Jim's passing. Such a witty, smart man. His legacy will continue on in all of the young scientists he mentored. I'm honored to be one of them.
Laura Palmer
January 24, 2017
Dear Anita and Julie,
It is with great sadness that we learned of Jim's passing. What a huge loss! He was a tremendous teacher and mentor who had a big influence on both of us: we would not be where we are now if it was not for what he taught us on how to be real scientists and ask the right questions. We are eternally grateful to Jim and he will always live in our memory as one of the most remarkable people that we had a chance to meet in our lifetime. May he rest in peace and his memory and legacy live on.

Alexey Gribenko and Slava Bulynko
Alexey Gribenko
January 24, 2017
Dear Anita,
I was saddened to learn of Jim's passing. I so enjoyed speaking with him and appreciated the advice he gave me early in my career. He will be missed.
Joe Reese
January 24, 2017
I miss Dr. Jim Hopper. He is a inspiring teacher, an enthusiastic and accomplished scientist and a funny friend to chat with. I took Jim's MolGen 701 (Regulation of Gene Expressions) in the first year of my graduate school, and Jim's inspiring ways of teaching encouraged me a lot and made me interested in transcriptional regulation a lot (and that is exactly what I am working on right now as a postdoc). I also remembered the days in my graduate school when I went to his lab to use the microscope or borrow yeast plasmids, and he is always so generous and so nice to me. Jim is almost always there when I present my research on campus, and he always have the best and most sophisticated questions. He gave me advice to my research problem, and also provided suggestions about postdoc lab applications (one day I ran into him in the hall way of BioSci, and he was very excited and suggested that I should apply to Harry Noller). Jim also came to my graduation and farewell party, and we have a very nice chat. He is a great mentor to me, and will always live in my heart.
Yicheng Long
January 24, 2017
Yicheng Long
January 24, 2017
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