John Rajecki Hopkins, 53, insurance specialist

December 04, 2003

John Rajecki Hopkins, an insurance specialist with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in Woodlawn, died of muscular dystrophy Friday at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. He was 53.

The son of a career Army officer, Mr. Hopkins was born at Fort Belvoir, Va., and raised in Washington and Arlington, Va.

He earned a bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Virginia in 1972, and a master's in health care administration two years later from George Washington University.

He began his career in the mid-1970s with GLS Health Care Systems in Michigan and moved to Baltimore in 1977 when he joined Meridian Health Care as director of operating systems.

Since 1988, he had been an insurance specialist at Medicare and Medicaid Services.

A resident of Phoenix, Mr. Hopkins maintained a lifelong interest in Scouting. He had been an Eagle Scout and was active with Troop 818 of the Boy Scouts' Dulaney District. He also was a merit badge counselor and, from 1969 to 1971, national conference commander of the Knights of Dumamis, the Eagle Scout organization.

Mr. Hopkins was a volunteer and former board member of the League for the Handicapped.

He was an avid bridge player, and since 1977 a life master of the American Contract Bridge League.

Mr. Hopkins was a trustee and member of Towson Presbyterian Church, 400 W. Chesapeake Ave., where services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday.

Survivors include his wife of 27 years, the former Joyce Petree; and two sons, John Harvey Hopkins of Whittier, Calif., and Nathan William Hopkins of New York.

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