John Henry Hopkins IV, 91, Annapolis attorney

November 10, 2005

John Henry Hopkins IV, a retired Annapolis attorney who was active in community affairs, died in his sleep Friday at Genesis ElderCare's Spa Creek Center. He was 91.

Mr. Hopkins was born and raised in Owensville, near the West River. He was a 1930 graduate of the old Tracy's High School in Lothian and earned his bachelor's degree in 1934 from Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Va.

After earning his law degree in 1938 from the University of Maryland School of Law, he worked at United States Fidelity & Guaranty Co. in Baltimore. He enlisted in the Navy in 1943 and served as a pharmacist's mate in Texas until being discharged in 1945.

In 1946, he established a general law practice in Annapolis and practiced for many years on School Street until retiring in 1979.

Mr. Hopkins was a past president of the Anne Arundel County Bar Association and the Annapolis Lions Club. He was a former director of the Annapolis Salvation Army and a past director of the Anne Arundel Chamber of Commerce.

The lifelong Annapolis resident was an avid boater who enjoyed sailing aboard the Sea Fever, his motor cruiser. He was a past flotilla commander of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary and a former judge advocate of the Annapolis Council of the Navy League.

Mr. Hopkins also enjoyed travel.

He was a communicant and former vestryman and registrar at St. Margaret's Episcopal Church, where private services were held.

Mr. Hopkins was married for 44 years to the former Doris Kettlewell, who died in 1984. His second wife of 16 years, the former Helen Gillespi, died last year.

Surviving are a son, John K. "Jock" Hopkins of Annapolis; two brothers, William S. Hopkins of Shreveport, La., and Stuart B. Hopkins of Springfield, Va.; a sister, Evelyn H. Duffy of Owensville; three granddaughters; and two great-grandchildren.

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