I only had a couple courses with Prof. Hopkins at Winona State thanks to recommendations from other students at Winona State. I not only fulfilled some of my science requirements but thoroughly enjoyed the courses which remain some of the most fascinating and memorable courses I had while at WSU. He was pleasant, interesting and so knowledgeable on not only geography but so many subjects. His courses were always fully enrolled. His "travelogues" relative to his Northwest Territory trips were fascinating. I recall that when he assigned us to write reports, he wanted lots of info and details, saying, "I grade on the Toledo scale." I never knew what he meant until a couple years after college I happened to be in the mail room of the company where I was working. There by the loading dock was a huge floor scale with a big dial on top -- manufactured by the Toledo Scale Company! On occasion a couple other students and I would enjoy a schooner (or two) of beer with Prof. Hopkins over lunch at the Big O on Winona's west end, fascinated by more his stories told with wit and humor! Thanks for the memories Professor Hopkins!Smooth sailing and blue skies forever!
Dear Marian, Jenny and Barry,
It is with sadness that Nancy and I learned of Dick’s passing. He was a good friend and someone who we will not ever forget.
What a lovely obituary outlining the life, experiences, values, and character of Dick! It was my honor and privilege to know and work with him during a large portion of his career at WSU. Also, while an undergraduate student at WSU, I had more than one geography class from Dick, and I both enjoyed and learned about different parts of the world from him resulting in an expanded understanding of different cultures. (His pop quizzes in class also kept his students prepared each day!)
Nancy and I shared many laughs and good times with Dick and with Marian over the years. These memories will remain with us for our lifetimes.
We send our most sincere condolences to you. We trust that your memories of Dick will sustain you now and into the future.
Jim and Nancy Reynolds
All my condolences to the family. I never realized that Mr. Hopkins was such an outdoorsman. It sounded like he really enjoyed his life. What more could you ask for for a loved one. May your memories always give you comfort. And may God bring you peace.
Mary L. Kosidowski
Looking at his picture, I can still see the young man who stood before me in college at Winona State. Geography ended up being my major because of Mr. Hopkins. He was such an interesting, down to earth kind of guy that made learning fun and memorable. To be honest, he's the only professor I remember from college-he really has a place in my mind and heart. On some of my trips to Winona, I would drive past his house and smile.
My deepest sympathy to his family and friends.
Lynn Brown Humble
May memories bring peace and comfort to your family. I feel so fortunate to have gotten to know
Dick. I always enjoyed talking to him. He was one great guy! Deepest Sympathy…..Diana and
Marian, Jenny & Barry,
I got to know Dick over the last several years through my wife Amy. I would help Amy periodically while she was cleaning at your house, and spend some time talking with Dick. Well after the first few chats with him, I told Amy, "man, I really like that guy". I would listen like a little kid at his stories of life, travel, hunting, fishing, and building. One of the greatest storytellers I have had the pleasure of getting to know. Just loved that guy. He will be missed by all that graced his presence, and I will miss him greatly. His memory lives on in the stories he shared with me. May God carry you all through this difficult time.