Issac Hoppenstein, a retired colonel in the U.S. Army, died Friday of cardiac arrest while recovering from gall bladdering surgery at Francis Scott Key Medical Center. He was 78.
A memorial service for Colonel Hoppenstein is scheduled for 3 p.m. today at Sol Levinson Brothers, 6010 Reisterstown Road, Baltimore.
The Pikesville resident retired after a 27-year career in the Army and followed his lifelong interest in economics and business and became a stock broker.
Colonel Hoppenstein served as an account executive at Legg Mason Wood Walker for 25 years until being hospitalized in May for complications to diabetes.
Born in Lynchburg, Va., he was a 1937 honors graduate of Virginia Polytechnic Institute in business administration.
Colonel Hoppenstein, who joined the Army in 1940, served during World War II, the Korean War and Vietnam.
He was awarded two Bronze Stars in the Pacific Theater durinWorld War II.
His military career included assignments such as a teacher, troop commander, inspector general and Army Reserve director in locations such as Korea, Germany, Japan and the Pacific Ocean.
Colonel Hoppenstein was well known as director of Army Reserve activities for the Baltimore region in the 1960s. His responsibilities included supervision of more than 4,000 reservists.
He is survived by his wife, the former Joan Goodman; a daughter, Anne Hoppenstein Fink of Baltimore; a son, Alan Kellam of Pleasantville, N.Y.; three sisters, Reva Kobre of
Baltimore, Fannie Teiler of New York City; Ethel Kaplan of Federalsburg; and four grandchildren.