Thomas Morgan Hopkins, 80, teacher, entomologist

January 10, 2004

Thomas Morgan Hopkins, a former teacher who worked for more than 20 years as an entomologist, died of obstructive pulmonary disease Sunday at Joseph A. Richey Hospice. He was 80 and lived at Charlestown Retirement Community.

Mr. Hopkins was born and raised in Haddonfield, N.J., and earned a bachelor's degree in 1950 from Union College in Schenectady, N.Y. In 1951, he earned a master's degree in education from Temple University.

Mr. Hopkins taught biology at Haddonfield High School until 1959. After moving to Baltimore in 1960, he worked for Insect Control & Research Inc. and conducted research on mosquitoes, cockroaches and yellow jackets. He retired in 1982.

Mr. Hopkins enjoyed sailing in Maine, where he and his wife of 39 years, the former Ruth Ritchie Green, owned a second home in West Bath. His first wife, Margaret Corson, died in 1959.

He was a longtime resident of Cockeysville before moving to the Catonsville retirement community in 1988.

Plans for a memorial service were incomplete.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Hopkins is survived by a son, Thomas E. Hopkins of Stewartstown, Pa.; two daughters, Margaret H. Stevens of Phippsburg, Maine, and Ann H. Wilson of Plymouth Meeting, Pa.; a brother, Dr. Edward Hopkins of Cockeysville; a sister, Nancy Hart of Flemington, N.J.; and eight grandchildren.

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