Dr. Edward W. 'Ned' Hopkins, a Baltimore pediatrician, dies

Dr. Edward W. “Ned” Hopkins, a retired Baltimore pediatrician and Army veteran, died Nov. 22 in his sleep at his Cockeysville home. He was 92.

The son of Thomas Smith Hopkins, a Girard Trust Co. banker, and Louisa Clement Hopkins, a homemaker, Edward Winslow Hopkins was born and raised in Haddonfield, N.J.

He was a graduate of the Moorestown Friends Academy in Moorestown, N.J., and earned a bachelor’s degree from Union College in Schenectady, N.Y.

He earned his medical degree from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and specialized in pediatrics.

During the early 1950s, he served in the Navy and later in the Army, and was stationed at a military hospital in Japan.

After leaving the service, Dr. Hopkins worked for what became the state Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, treating handicapped children, family members said.

He later worked at the old Children’s Hospital School on Greenspring Avenue near Druid Hill Park, which in 1958 became Children’s Hospital.

Today, it is known as the Herman & Walter Samuelson Children’s Hospital, and is located at Sinai Hospital.

He retired in 1983.

Dr. Hopkins was an avid reader. He enjoyed sailing the Chesapeake Bay and playing the piano and accordion.

He also was an accomplished woodworker who built boats and gazebos.

His wife of 60 years, the former Theda Raeburn Henry, died in 2004.

A private memorial service will be held in January.

Dr. Hopkins is survived by a son, Thomas Hopkins of Cockeysville; four daughters, Sally Hopkins Meisel of Bel Air, Holly Hopkins of Jacobus, Pa., Amy Hopkins of New Freedom, Pa., and Laury Hopkins of City Island, N.Y.; 11 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. Another daughter, Jeany Hopkins, died in 1976.

— Frederick N. Rasmussen


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