Alan R. Hopeman
Inducted Saturday, October 8, 2005
Alan Hopeman graduated from Moorhead High School in 1938 where he was class president and participated in band, chorus, class plays and operettas, the National Honor Society, and debate. He was captain of the football team and distinguished himself in track, winning the state high jump championship his senior year. Hopeman graduated from Concordia College in 1942.
In World War II, Hopeman served first as an enlisted medic and then as a medical administrative officer. Following his service, he graduated from the University of Minnesota Medical School in 1950. His first career was as an officer in the Medical Corps until his retirement in 1970. During that time, he served as chief of thoracic and cardiovascular surgery at William Beaumont General Hospital, El Paso, Texas; Fitzsimons General Hospital, Denver; Walter Reed General Hospital, Washington, D.C., and as director of the cardiothoracic surgery residency programs at Fitzsimons and Walter Reed.
He began a second career as a professor of surgery at the University of Missouri, University of Colorado, and University of Nebraska, and as president of medical staff at Denver General Hospital. He retired a second time in 1995 and is an emeritus professor of surgery (cardiothoracic) at the University of Colorado School of Medicine in Denver. During his years as an educator he received outstanding teacher awards at all three institutions at which he taught and the Outstanding Clinical Faculty Award by Medical Staff from the University of Colorado Hospital in 1986.
Hopeman is a founding member of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons. Over the years, he has been involved with many state and national medical associations. Hopeman has published 48 papers in refereed journals, seven book chapters and five book reviews. In 1991 he received a Doctor of Science “Honoris Causa” from Concordia College, Moorhead, Minnesota. Hopeman was recently honored by the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Department of Surgery, University of Colorado School of Medicine with an annual named lecture on a subject related to cardiothoracic surgery.
Alan is married to Dorothy Hopeman. They have five children, Jon Hopeman, Alan Hopeman Jr., Mark Hopeman, Ross Hopeman and Mary Palafox, and nine grandchildren. He lives in Denver, Colorado.
Update: Alan Hopeman died April 12, 2017.