Robert Daniel Hopkins
Robert Daniel Hopkins
  • April 1, 1926 - July 25, 2017
  • Birdsboro, Pennsylvania

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Robert Daniel (Hoppy/Bobby) Hopkins of Reading, PA formerly Annapolis, passed away at Keystone Villa of Douglassville in the early morning on 7/25/17. He was predeceased by his wife of 58 years, Corinne Keller Hopkins, who passed away on 10/30/05. Bobby is survived by his children: Barbara Ann Miller, Reading, PA; Donna Lynn Hopkins, Reading, PA; and Robert Hopkins, Jr, Scottsdale, AZ; grandchildren: Kristine Marie Schmidt, Brooklyn, NY; and Philip Brison, Reading, Pa. Bobby is survived by his sister, Shirley Hopkins Smith (Noel) and many nieces and nephews. Bobby was preceded in death by his parents, J. Lloyd and Blanche Wayson Hopkins and siblings, John (Jack) Hopkins, Richard (Dick) Hopkins, James (Jim) Hopkins and Mary Elizabeth (Betty) Moore. Bobby was born in Annapolis on April 1, 1926. He graduated in 1942 from Annapolis High School. After graduation, he enlisted in the Army Air Force achieving the rank of Sargent and working Radar Mechanic Bombardment stationed in Guam, Tinea and Saipan. He served from 1944 to 1946. After his service, Bob attended Loyola University, Baltimore, MD and graduated in 1950 with a degree in Chemical Engineering. Bob held many jobs throughout his career starting at the Naval Experimental Station in the Chem Lab in Annapolis and then onto Sheppard T. Powell, Associates, Baltimore, MD as a Chemical Engineer and then onto DuPont in Delaware and eventually to Reading, PA where he worked for Met-Ed and then for its parent company General Public Utilities (GPU). While working at GPU, he was instrumental in starting the Chem Lab working in water purification and in 1979 as Lead Chemist, he along with only a handful of other people, were called up to Three Mile Island in Middletown, PA to become part of The TMI Recovery Team to determine how, and why, the almost disastrous meltdown occurred. It was Bob and these other individuals who walked through these hot reactors to determine what the problem was and correct the situation and prevent a meltdown. Bob retired from GPU in 1985 and he and Corinne returned to their beloved hometown of Annapolis, MD, where Bob worked as a consultant for an engineering company. Bob resided in Annapolis until 2014 when his health began to fail and he had to return to Reading, PA to be closer to his two daughters. He lived out his remaining days in Keystone Villa where he was remarked to be “the sweetest man” and where his sparkling blue eyes and ready smile and wave of his hand greeted everyone. Bobby will be missed by all who knew him.

The family will receive friends at the John M. Taylor Funeral Home, 147 Duke of Gloucester Street Annapolis, MD 21401 on Friday September 29, 2017 from 9:30 am to 11:00 am. A Memorial Service will be held in the Funeral Home Chapel at 11 am. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, family requests donations to be made to Caring Hospice, 400 Commerce Drive, Suite C, Ft. Washington, PA 19034 in memory of Robert Hopkins.