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James Allison Hopper


We all lost a brilliant, interesting and dedicated friend rather suddenly on September 10, 2012, James Allison Hopper. Jim died peacefully at home with his beloved Kim at his side. His grown children James Benjamin, Mary Allison and Christian Vaughn Hopper as well as family members Fred and Suzanne Sherman, Doug and Pam Roehm, Beverly and Wilbur Creelman and all nine grandchildren plus one great-grandchild will miss him sorely as he spent a good part of every year participating in their lives. Jim was never one to skimp on sharing love with friends and family.

Jim was born in Boston in 1938 moving to St. Louis, MO, and then to Wichita, KS, as he grew up. He was proud to be appointed to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 1956 graduating as a second lieutenant in 1960. He joined the ranks of Special Forces and served honorably in Laos and Panama before temporarily leaving the military to go to law school. Returning to active duty, he served again in Japan and at the Pentagon until 1976. Jim then served as a civilian in Teheran, Iran, until the revolution when he finally took the second to last evacuation plane out. Civilian service continued in LaHore, Pakistan, in 1980 and in Saudi Arabia from 1981 to 2000.

Jim and Kim met in Heidelberg, Germany, and married in 1987. They lived happily together in Saudi Arabia for the next 13 years. While living and working in Saudi they bought a home in The Valley, Kim's 1970s stomping ground. Through all of his travels, Jim cherished his family and loved spending time with friends from “here, there and everywhere.” Eventually, they moved into their home here full time in 2000.

Jim made no bones about his love-hate relationship with Vermont – loved those summers and falls, hated those long winter months. Obviously, he wasn’t a skier. He loved golf and enjoyed being a swimming coach in Saudi Arabia and spending those long, dark Vermont months in North Carolina with his family. He also loved to read and to sip scotch with his friends while often entertaining as a charming raconteur.

He may have had mixed feelings about our Vermont seasons, but he had no such conflict with us. Jim was a great lover of his friends and was not shy about showing that. A caring, funny, reverent man, he will be missed by so many of us.

In lieu of flowers, Kim and Jim request that any donations be sent to Hope Lodge, American Cancer Society, 211 East Avenue, Burlington, VT 05401, where they received kindness, fellowship and great comfort during the last year.




# sonJames hopper 2012-09-18 12:01
Best father a child could have. I was lucky to be his. Love you daddy. You'll be missed but will never be forgotten.
# OwnerAmy GoodWrench 2012-09-25 15:15
Jim Hopper was a favorite of my whole staff. What a prince of a guy. I am so glad that I had the good fortune to have so many stimulating conversations with him over the years. When I think of Jim, it makes me smile!
# retiredSallie Little Norton 2013-05-21 22:51
I knew Jim at East High in Wichita and remember him well. He was an awesome classmate. My sympathy to all his family. Sallie Norton
# Friend from SaudiDale Morrison 2013-09-10 02:27
I met and knew Jim in Saudi; we both worked for the Ralph M Parsons Company who at the time were providing Management Services for the Royal Commission for Yanbu. Jim was an attorney and I represented the program to the Petro-Chemical industry; we played racket ball with Dick Hawes, the three of us; Dick is deceased also, auto accident in Florida.

On one occasion the two of us wrote a
triple Net long term Lease for a $350 million Loading System for the Export Refinery; doesn't sound like much, but all we had was a Residential Housing Lease to start with....must have been O.K....Mobil Oil signed it!

Jim was in need and I loaned him $18,000 on his name, and some time later, after I had returned to the states, he repaid the loan.....Jim was not only a good friend but an honorable guy too.

Am taking a cruise through the Panama Canal later this year and was looking him up when I found this obit....just a little late.

I'm 87...how old was Jim? Will miss touching bases with him.

# friend from SaudiRon Merritt 2014-10-31 14:31
I knew Jim when he worked for Parsons in Saudi Arabia. He gave me his West Point alumni directory upon departure and it is still somewhere in old boxes. Jim was extremely interesting to be around, sharp wit, great stories of his Army days, Laos, Panama, reserve duty in Germany, etc. I always pictured Jim as a fearless trial attorney. We all have memories of people at different times in their lives. I remember sitting with Jim in Yanbu the day he received the letter informing him he had 20 good years and had earned his O6 reserve retirement.
# RE: James Allison HopperKurosh 2015-06-05 07:15
I was very lucky to have known Mr.Hopper back in Iran as a child .His son james and I were childhood friends back in the 70s and they used to live downstairs from us . He was the most gentle person .May he rest in peace.

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