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Camden Courier-Post - May 1944
Camden Courier-Post * September 1976
Carleton R. Hopkins dies at 83, long-time Camden educator
NEW YORK - Carleton R. Hopkins, retired principal of three Camden schools and educator in the city for 35 years, died Friday in his home here. He was 83.
A former Collingswood resident, Mr. Hopkins moved here in March.
Mr. Hopkins was principal of Camden Senior High School from 1933 until his retirement in 1956. Prior to that, he was principal of Hatch Junior High School from 1924 to 1933 and principal of Cramer School from 1921 until 1924.
Born in Brooklyn, he taught at two New York City schools before moving to Camden. He received an A.B. degree in 1916 from the City College of New York and an M.A. degree from New York University in 1921. He received his B.S. in education from Teachers College at Temple University.
Mr. Hopkins also attended Brooklyn Law School and served as an instructor at Drexel Institute and Temple University.
Active in many organizations, Mr. Active in many organizations, Mr. Hopkins was a member of the New Jersey State Teachers Association, the Camden Teachers Association and the National Education Association. He served on evaluation committees for the Middle Atlantic Association of Teachers and, after his retirement, evaluated schools in Puerto Rico.
Mr. Hopkins was a Key Member of Lions International, the Camden Lions Club, Delta Kappa Epsilon and the Trimble Lodge of the Camden Masons. He was also an elder of the Camden Westminster Presbyterian Church and the Collingswood Presbyterian Church on Fern Avenue where he taught men's Bible classes for more than 50 years. Mr. Hopkins was a trustee and secretary of the Camden Public Library and member of the Boys Work Center, the Camden YMCA, the University Glee Club of Philadelphia and the Haddonfield Chess Club.
A sergeant with the Army Medical Corps during World War I, he received the World War Medal from the U.S. Department of the Treasury for his work with the Liberty Loan and War Savings program. He was a member of the Thoirs Post of the American Legion, Camden.
Surviving are his wife, Gladys; two daughters, Jeanette Hopkins of New York City, and Mrs. James Gray of Proctor, Vt., and five grandchildren.
Memorial services will be Sunday at 4 p.m. in the Collingswood Presbyterian Church, Fern and Maple Avenues. Burial will be in Cyprus Hills Cemetery, Brooklyn. Contributions may be made to the Camden County Retired Educators Association.
Jeannette Hopkins writes about her father, Carleton Hopkins
father’s goal was to give everyone, no matter what circumstance, the
chance to fulfill their full potential. One young African American
from a background of poverty whom he insisted go to college became a top
oncologist (cancer specialist) at the Harvard Medical School—unable to
come to the memorial service in 1976 he sent a wonderful letter; among
those who spoke was a woman alumna who was blind and several of his
teachers. He took as much interest in sports, especially football,
and in the wonderful student operattas and other theatrics provided by the
immensely talented Robert Haley (from Gilbert and Sullivan’s Mikado to
Broadway shows) as in academics. (He was a wonderful tenor soloist
himself, sang occasionally to the
He was very active with various civic groups in Camden, in the Jewish community, in the black community, and many others…..
His wife, Gladys Hull Hopkins, a 1913 graduate of Vassar College, from which I also graduated (1944), was also active in Camden, early as a Girl Scout troop leader, then on the board of the Colored YWCA, as it was called—she was responsible for integrating the Camden YMCA swimming pool, where blacks had not been allowed to swim (during the first World War, when she was engaged to Carleton (then in the army) she taught English and history at two black colleges in the South sponsored by the Baptist Home Mission Society, first, at Benedict College in South Carolina, then, until the end of the war at Hampton Institute (now University) in Virginia. She taught the women’s Bible class at the Collingswood Presbyterian Church and was active in the regional Presbytery, attending social action legislative conferences in D.C. She was also active in the Philadelphia Vassar Club work with an author who come to Portsmouth for that purpose on their manuscripts, after my long career in book publishing (after a shorter career as a newspaper reporter), and one of my authors, Norrece Jones, now a professor of history in Virginia Commonwealth University, told me that his aunt, I think it was, was a grammar school principal in Camden while my father was there and his mother, I think it was, was on the Camden high School faculty soon after my father retired. Small world.
have a huge scrapbook about my father’s life. The last yearbook
before he retired was, I think, the one dedicated to him. I have
several yearbooks. Let me know if there are any questions you would
like to ask….. After he retired he worked in an administrative job at
the Camden YMCA for several years (he retired a little early in order to
be able to get Social Security for him and for his wife). He did not
publish any papers. He had many hobbies all his life, in our years
in Collingswood, other than European travel and travel to then
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