Gordon J. Hopman
Aiken, South Carolina
Gordon J. Hopman, 61, a retired CIA Senior Intelligence Service Officer, died suddenly on Tuesday, June 4 after a heart attack. He was stricken while deep sea fishing with friends on his boat off the coast of South Carolina.
A memorial service will be held Sunday, June 9, 2002 at 3 p.m in the chapel of Rivers Funeral Home. Interment will be private.
Mr. Hopman was born and raised in Oregon, he was a son of the late Clarence J. and Imelda Klinger Hopman.
After graduating from high school in 1959, he enlisted in the Navy serving aboard USS Skagit as a Radioman. Upon completion of his military commitment, Mr. Hopman spent a few years in the early 60s as a CIA communications technician.
He took off to earn his bachelors degree and MBA from the University of Oregon. Then he rejoined the CIA and settled in northern Virginia. While his home base from 1971 until 1998 was Sterling Virginia and later Great Falls, Mr. Hopman spent most of his time on assignment for the CIA in Africa at first in the Ivory Coast and Zaire and then as Station Chief in Togo, Tanzania, the Sudan and back to Zaire.
During his career, Mr. Hopman earned the CIA Intelligence Medal of Merit and the Intelligence Commendation Medal. One such citation said that "Mr. Hopman's outstanding performance in the conduct of a sensitive, high priority national intelligence mission, resulted in a definite contribution to the security of the United States and its allies."
Mr. Hopman retired in 1995 and moved to Aiken, in 1998 where he pursued his passions golf and sport fishing.
He was a communicant of St. Mary Help of Christians Catholic Church and was a member of the Board of Governors of Woodside Plantation.
He is survived by Cheryl, his wife of nearly 37 years; a son, Jon of Orlando, Fla.; a daughter, Christine of Oak Hill, Va.; and a grandson, Hunter Thomas Hopman.
Memorial contributions may be directed to the American Heart Association.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 7 p.m., Saturday at the funeral home.
Rivers Funeral Home, Inc., 715 East Pine Log Road, Aiken, S.C.
The Augusta Chronicle June 6, 2002