From a contemporary press report:
LeRoy E. Hopkins, 77, a retired Navy Rear Admiral who worked for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration from 1978 to 1990 and became the space agency's assistant administrator for procurement, died November 10, 2002, at his home in Warrenton, Virginia. He had cancer.
Admiral Hopkins was a Navy Pharmacist Mate in the Pacific during World War II and then served in the Supply Corps until he retired in 1978 from Naval Sea Systems Command in Washington.
His sea assignments included the aircraft carrier Franklin D. Roosevelt and the repair ship Cadmus. He was a veteran of the Korean War.
His decorations included three awards of the Legion of Merit and the Navy Commendation Medal.
He was a native of Brooklyn, New York, and a business administration graduate of Lehigh University in Pennsylvania. He received a master's degree in business administration from Harvard University.
After retiring from NASA, he did consulting work in procurement litigation and the acquisition or merger of companies.
His memberships included Evergreen Country Club in Haymarket.
Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Rita Morris Hopkins of Warrenton; two sons, Mark L. Hopkins of Gainesville and Matthew T. Hopkins of Purcellville; and four grandchildren.
HOPKINS, LEROY E., REAR ADMIRAL, USN (Ret.)
On November 10, 2002, of Warrenton, VA. Husband of 52 years to Rita C. Hopkins; father of Mark L. Hopkins of Gainesville, VA and Matthew T. Hopkins of Purcellville, VA. Father-in-law of Susan and Leigh-Anne; grandfather of Kevin, Kimberly, Matthew and Christina. Friends may call on Saturday, November 16 from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. at MOSER FUNERAL HOME, Warrenton, VA. Memorial service will be held Monday, December 23, 2002 at 1 p.m. at The Old Post Chapel, Fort Myer, VA. Interment Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors. Memorials may be made to the National Cancer Institute, Financial Management Branch, Bldg. 31, Rm. 11A16, 9000 Rockville Pk., Bethesda, MD 20892 or Hospice of Northern Virginia, PO Box 1576, Merrifield, VA 22116-1576.
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