Robert E. Hopkins – June 30, 1915 – July 4, 2009
Robert Earl Hopkins, July 4, 2009 at home at the
He was appointed to the
He left the
His accomplishments were honored by membership in Sigma
Xi, American Society for Engineering Education, American Physical Society
(Fellow), Optical Society of America (Fellow, Director 1955-60, Ives Medal
1970, President 1973), SPIE (Board of Governors, Gold Medal 1983) as well as
numerous advisory panels. Recognized as an expert in optical instrument
design, aspheric optics, interferometry, lasers,
and lens testing, he has been characterized as the “father of optical
engineering.” His career has been celebrated by his students and associates
in the Robert E. Hopkins Professor of Optics endowed chair and the
He was an avid skier for most of his life, a 195 bowler, a competitive horseshoe player in his 70’s, and a sometime sailor and golfer. He also loved and respected the natural world in which we live and practiced his conservation ethic on the family property known as Wayland.
He was predeceased by his wife of 60 years, Barbara Ann Barnes, and is survived by 6 children and their spouses – Roger (Ruth Allen) and Carl (Kathy Harpham) of Ithaca, Nancy (Dave Merritt) of Wilmington, N. Carolina, Robert, Jr. (Maria Kratz) of Duxbury, Mass., Mark (Linda Galloway) of Rochester, and Andrea (Dave Stephenson) of Madison, Conn., and by 17 grand-children and 5 great grand-children.
A memorial celebration of his life and reception will be
held on Sunday, August 16, 1:30 pm at the
Your memories would be most welcome by the family at firstname.lastname@example.org.
$2 Million Gift
Establishes Center for Optical Design & Engineering
Oh, what a beautiful morning by Kathy Sindoni - Windows MP4 (10 mb)
Memorial program by Andrea Hopkins (PDF including lyrics to video)
Memorial weekend photos by Dave Stephenson and Allan Schwartz