Nov. 11, 1917 – Sept. 17, 2015
Jane D. Hopkins, a longtime community volunteer, died Thursday in her Buffalo home. She was 97.
Born in Durham, N.C., the former Jane Daggett grew up in New Brunswick, N.J., where her father was dean of engineering at Rutgers University. She attended the Douglass College for Women at Rutgers and graduated with a degree in music in 1939.
She moved to Buffalo after marrying L. Nelson Hopkins Jr., who became chief executive officer and majority shareholder in the John W. Danforth Co. She served as a volunteer in the offices of Westminster Presbyterian Church and Millard Fillmore Hospital for more than five decades.
Her husband of 65 years died in 2005. Her son, prominent neurosurgeon Leo N. Hopkins, is a distinguished professor at the University at Buffalo Medical School and president of the Jacobs Institute.
Also surviving are two daughters, Robin Hopkins Amper and Jane Hopkins Carey; six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 1 in Westminster Presbyterian Church, 724 Delaware Ave.