Gilbert C. Hooper Jr., 63, chairman of the board of a manufacturing company and a former restaurant owner, died Sunday at Johns Hopkins Hospital of cancer.
A memorial service was being held this afternoon at the Second Presbyterian Church, 4200 St. Paul St.
Mr. Hooper lived on Ruxlea Court in Ruxton. In 1966, he purchased Maryland Etching Co., now Technigraphics of Maryland Inc., which manufactures name plates, control panels and similar items.
He was a former president of the National Association of Name Plate Manufacturers and also served several times on its board.
From 1953 until 1965, he was associated with his father in a chain of restaurants bearing the family name and a wholesale seafood business.
Born in Baltimore, he was a member of the family for which the Hooper Islands are named and was a 1946 graduate of the Gilman School.
He served in the Army before entering the University of Virginia in 1948. He played on the basketball team and graduated in 1952.
Mr. Hooper worked for the Stouffer Corp. in Philadelphia before joining his father's business.
Survivors include his wife of nearly 40 years, the former Shirley Ann Poulson; three daughters, Holly Leachman of Bethesda, Laura Fisher of Baltimore and Michelle Hooper of Millers; a son, G. C. Hooper III of Baltimore; a brother, Jeffrey Dale Hooper of Dallas; and nine grandchildren.