By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun
4:16 PM EDT, May 29, 2012
David Luke Hopkins Jr., first president and CEO of Brown Investment Advisory and Trust Co., died May 23 of heart failure at the Broadmead retirement community in Cockeysville. He was 84.
The son of D. Luke Hopkins Sr., who was president and chairman of Maryland National Bank, and a homemaker, he was born in Baltimore and raised in Ruxton.
After graduating in 1946 from St. Paul's School in Concord, N.H., he earned a bachelor's degree in 1950 from Princeton University, where he played varsity football and was a member of the Ivy Club.
He served in the Marine Corps from 1950 to 1952, attaining the rank of lieutenant.
Mr. Hopkins began his business career in 1950 with J.P. Morgan Bank in New York City, where he rose to executive vice president and managing director.
In the early 1970s, he established and headed the bank's Asia Department. From 1979 to 1992, he was head of trusts and investments and later J.P. Morgan's private bank.
The former longtime Bedford, N.Y., resident returned to Baltimore in 1993, when he took a job as managing director at Alex. Brown & Sons, where he helped establish Brown Investment Advisory and Trust Co.
He served as its first president and CEO until retiring in 1998.
Mr. Hopkins served from 1976 to 1993 as a member of the board of Westvaco Corp., which was founded by William Luke, his great-grandfather.
He had been head of the board at Garrison Forest School. He was a member of the Metropolitan Opera Guild, Maryland Historical Society, Mount Desert Historical Society and the Episcopal Church Foundation.
Mr. Hopkins enjoyed spending summers and sailing at a second home in Northeast Harbor, Maine. He also was a history buff and was particularly interested in the Civil War.
The former Monkton resident, who moved to Broadmead five years ago, was a communicant of Immanuel Episcopal Church in Sparks.
A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday at the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, 5603 N. Charles St.
Surviving are his wife of 62 years, the former Suzanne Bunker; a son, Robert Dixon Hopkins of Glyndon; two daughters, Suzanne Bunker Hopkins II of Cambridge, Mass., and Cassandra Hopkins Watson of Essex, Conn.; a brother, former state Sen. C.A. Porter Hopkins of Cambridge; two sisters, Florence Hopkins Borda of Bryn Mawr, Pa., and Katherine Hopkins Mellon of Far Hills, N.J.; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Another son, David Luke Hopkins III, died in 2006.
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