Allen Taylor Hopper, passed away October 21, 2021. Al was born October 4, 1937 in Greenville Pa and was the only sibling of his 3 sisters. His family moved when he was a young student and he lived in Salt Lake City, Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, then graduated from Shaker Heights High School. He completed his undergraduate studies at Allegheny College, earned his master’s degree at West Virginia University at Morgantown, and received his doctorate in mathematics from the Case Institution of Technology in 1965. He later came to Columbus to work at the Battelle Memorial Institute where he worked until his retirement. . When Al moved to Columbus, he purchased the home that he lived in until his death in 2021. He loved his family, including all four children, 7 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews , cousins and in-laws. He had golf and fishing buddies, musician friends and had an annual Sunday Sundae party for all the neighbors every summer until Covid stopped that. He also had three special young friends in later years; Hailey, Layla and Bowen. Al and Jayne enjoyed traveling across the United States and to other countries. Many of his favorite places were in national parks which he was happy to support. From the Rocky Mountains to the Great Smokies, Taos and the Outer Banks, he gladly planned trips with his maps in hand, then enjoyed seeing new places and meeting new people. Two of his favorite trips were to Costa Rica and South Africa where he enjoyed taking pictures of exotic plants and animals and also enjoyed eating “exotic” foods.
A hobby from his childhood continued through his working years and into his retirement. He has built and flown remote control aircraft ranging from a small biplane to modern aircraft with a 7 foot wingspan. Al’s true love after family and friends was music. It started in his childhood with traditional piano lessons and continued throughout his life. He enjoyed playing and listening to classic jazz as well as old favorites. He had music books ranging from Brahms and Beethoven to Stevie Wonder and Broadway Shows. A longtime supporter of the Columbus Jazz Arts Group and the Columbus Symphony, he supported music in schools and always had time for music with his grandchildren and neighborhood children. Besides music, Al was a lifelong fan of the Cleveland Browns and Guardians (his cap and shirts say Indians). Special Christmas music included everyone singing the 12 Days of Christmas at the holiday dinner table and traditional tunes at the annual Christmas Eve Open House. Punch bowls of his famous Hopper Family eggnog were always ready, made from an old recipe from his grandparents and one bowl always contained the requisite bourbon and rum that visitors enjoyed. Both bowls were delicious and there were never any leftovers. Al and Jayne were members of Friendship at Home in Dublin and appreciated the support provided when special help was needed. Al will be sadly missed by his beloved wife of 46 years, Jayne; father of Allen of Lexington, Massachusetts and Kristen of Missoula Montana; Dad of Carol from Mars Hill North Carolina and Diane from Sandown New Hampshire. The family enjoyed a celebration of life in August at one of Al’s favorite vacation spots, Holden Beach, North Carolina. Arrangements have been entrusted to SCHOEDINGER WORTHINGTON FUNERAL HOME.
Posted on October 19, 2022
Posted in Columbus Dispatch