James Martin Hopper
Little Rock, AR.
MBA University of Chicago Graduate
School of Business
In 1955, while working on his BSChE degree, Mr. Hopper joined the University of Arkansas Industrial Research Center in Little Rock. After earning a University of Chicago MBA in 1960, Hopper joined W. R. Grace & Co., in Cambridge, Massachusetts as Sales Engineer, and later as Product Manager. Hopper was appointed Assistant to the Dean of the Harvard University Graduate School of Education in 1968. He also served on the board of directors of the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) and wrote the successful proposal for funding construction of the Club’s landmark lodge in New Hampshire. In 1972, after a summer running backpacking trips for the AMC, he returned to the University of Chicago GSB as Assistant Dean and, later, Associate Dean. Clark University recruited Hopper in 1985, where he served as Vice President for eight years, leading Clark’s first successful multimillion dollar fund raising campaign. He also served on the development board of the Worcester County Horticultural Society and the Tower Hill Arboretum. In 1992, he became Senior Vice President of the Audubon Nature Institute. Hopper retired in 1994, and currently resides in Arkansas. His personal interests were his bicycles, chalking up rides across Utah, Colorado, Missouri, Arkansas and the South Island of New Zealand; and his tree farms, with 200 acres of Loblolly II Improved pines. Professionally, he maintained his membership in Alpha Chi Sigma.
Arkansas Academy of Chemical Engineers, 2006.
Mr. Hopper passed away June 25, 2013. He will be missed.