In Memory: Dr. Paul F. Hopkins
Phi Chapter at Syracuse University and SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry was hit with a great loss during the summer. Dr. Paul F. Hopkins, an advisor to the chapter, died unexpectedly on July 29, 2003 at the age of 48. He taught in the Dept. of Environmental Resources and Forest Engineering at SUNY ESF for over 24 years.
Although his presence on campus lasted for nearly a quarter century, he was with Phi for only one semester. During that one semester, Dr. Hopkins added insight and advice to Phi Chapter's rush on the ESF campus, the advisory committee, and revamping of the Bylaws and Standing Rules.
Dr. Hopkins' main attraction to Alpha Phi Omega was the organization's strong link to scouting. He liked the idea of community service, backed by ideals of scouting at the college level. He became quite eager to learn as much as possible about APO in the shortest amount of time and already began brainstorming ideas to expose APO's name and focus on the campus and in the city in the fall.
As for his personal life, he was survived by his wife Christine and two sons Eric and Ryan, among numerous other relatives. He was a 20 year member of the Plymouth Congregational Church, UCC, Syracuse, where services were held August 2, 2003.
He was still heavily involved in the Boy Scouts of America and recently traveled to the Annual Jamboree in Philmont, NM where he enjoyed backpacking and hiking. One of his favorite, if not his number one, hobbies was downhill skiing. He had been skiing for most of his life and enjoyed slopes all around the country, including Alaska.
His taste for music hadn't changed since the time he attended college. Dr. Hopkins was known to listen to the Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin.
Phi Chapter has been hit hard by Dr. Hopkins' untimely death. However, we all know he has done a great service in his life to the ESF campus, the Syracuse community, Boy Scouts of America, and Alpha Phi Omega. He will be greatly missed.