- The Washington Times - Friday, June 23, 2006

ANNAPOLIS (AP) — Former Mayor Alfred Archibald Hopkins died June 22 at Anne Arundel Medical Center. He was 80.

Mr. Hopkins was diagnosed two years ago with Alzheimer’s disease.

Mayor Ellen Moyer called Mr. Hopkins the “universal grandfather of Annapolis.” He was also know to many as “affable Al.”

Mr. Hopkins served 24 years on the City Council before he was elected to the first of two terms as mayor in 1989. As mayor, Mr. Hopkins pushed redevelopment efforts in the Historic District. He served as mayor until 1997, according to the Baltimore Sun.

Mr. Hopkins, a descendant of Johns Hopkins, also worked as a sportswriter and sports editor at the Capital newspaper. He grew up during the Depression in Hell Point, a blue-collar community downtown that the Navy eventually acquired as part of the Naval Academy campus. Mr. Hopkins had a dream of attending the Naval Academy, but always struggled academically.

After graduated from high school and being repeatedly rejected by the Naval Academy, Mr. Hopkins enlisted in the Navy during World War II. A radioman, he served three years, three months and three days on aircraft carriers in the Pacific.

Among his final words, said his daughter Barbara, Mr. Hopkins encouraged his grandson Michael, 12, to attend the Naval Academy.

Mr. Hopkins told the Sun in 1997, on the eve of stepping down as mayor: “I’m not the greatest. I’m not super. I’m not the tops. I’m not No. 1. I’m just a nice guy.”

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Marion; daughter Barbara; another daughter, Kathleen Marie Hopkins of Annapolis; a son, Mark John Hopkins of Baltimore; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Services are scheduled for Monday at 9:30 a.m. at St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church on Duke of Gloucester Street in Annapolis.

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