Memorial Service for Mr John Hopkins

Over 400 Downing members, friends and family attended the memorial service for John Hopkins which took place on Saturday 4 May at Great St Mary’s Church, Cambridge. The service was led by Downing’s Chaplain, the Rev Dr Keith Eyeons and featured music sung by the Downing College Chapel Choir.  Tributes were given by George Pulman QC (1967) and Professor Graham Virgo (1984) and readings by The Right Hon Lord Lloyd Jones (1970), Honorary Fellow, and Amy Goymour, Fellow in Law and the first Hopkins Parry Fellow. A copy of the memorial service programme can be downloaded here.

The service was followed by a reception at Downing, where alumni were able to sign a book of condolence and share their fond memories of John.  

Alan Bookbinder, Master of Downing College, says, “This was a special day for Downing, as we honoured the memory of one of the college’s giants: an inspiring teacher devoted to his students’ academic success and welfare, and an admissions tutor willing to use his intuition about a candidate’s potential to shine at Cambridge.”

The College has recently established the John Hopkins Fund in John’s memory. This will be used to support the tutorial system in College - you can make a gift online or by telephoning the Development team on 01223 334850.

Published 7 May 2019.