The Rev. Dr. Raymond Charles Hopkins died on April 21, 2013 at the age of 93.
Hopkins was born in Danbury, CT on July 29, 1919 to Mary (Halstead) and
Clarence Hopkins. He attained his Bachelor of Arts degree from Tufts
University in 1947. In 1949, he also went on to earn a Bachelor of
Sacred Theology from Tufts University. Finally, in 1964, he received an
honorary Doctor of Sacred Theology from Starr King School for the
Hopkins was ordained at The Universalist Church of America in Brockton,
MA in July of 1949. He was first called to serve the Universalist
Church of Canton, MA from 1944-1945. He then went on to serve the
Universalist Church of Medford, MA from 1945-1946. From 1946-1952, he
served the Universalist Church of Brockton, MA. After the consolidation,
he continued to serve this church which came to be known as the
Universalist Unitarian Church of Brockton, and he remained there until
1961 when he was also named Minister Emeritus.
Hopkins was actively involved in the effort to unite the Unitarian and
Universalist faiths from 1946 until the actual consolidation in 1961,
and worked consistently and passionately on many consolidation
committees until this dream came to fruition. Later in that same year,
he was appointed Executive Vice President of the Unitarian Universalist
Association (UUA) and remained in that position until 1974.
Hopkins began a new chapter in his life when, in 1974, after leaving
his post at the UUA, he took on the role of Executive Director of the
Ferry Beach Park Association in Saco, ME. His experiences as both a
parish minister and the Executive Vice President of the UUA allowed him
to help Ferry Beach grow into a successful organization. Never one to
sit on his laurels, Rev. Hopkins also served as minister of the
Unitarian Universalist Church of Saco & Biddeford from 1975-1984.
He was honored with the title of Minister Emeritus in 1984, upon his
dedicated to the denomination and beyond, Rev. Hopkins served as
Co-Chairman of the American Unitarian Association – Universalist Church
of America (AUA– UCA) Program Committee from 1956-1957; Administrator of
the Council of Liberal Churches from 1958-1959; Member and Secretary of
the Joint Merger Commission from 1957-1960; Chairman of the Merger
Plebiscite Committee from 1959-1960; Chairman of the Coordinating
Committee on Consolidation from 1960-1961; on the Executive Committee of
the International Association for Religious Freedom in 1969; and he was
a longstanding member of the Fraters of the Wayside Inn, an exclusive
Unitarian Universalist study group. He was also heavily engaged in the
anti-war, feminism, and civil right movements. Throughout his tenure as
the UUA, he had the opportunity to meet a number of his heroes,
including the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and President John F.
Hopkins is survived by daughters, Patricia Hopkins, Linda Hopkins, and
Janet Clark; as well as eight grandchildren and four
great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his wife, Barbara Hopkins,
and eight brothers and sisters.
An official date has not yet been set for a planned memorial service, this summer, at Ferry Beach.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Ferry Beach Park Association, 5 Morris Ave., Saco, Maine 04072.
Notes of condolence may be sent to Linda Hopkins at 8 Morris Ave., Saco, ME 04072.