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In Memoriam -- Robert J. Hopman

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of a dear friend and colleague.

Robert J. Hopman died on April 9, 2005 in Portland, Oregon after a long battle with cancer.

A registered professional engineer and land surveyor, he was with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for 30 years, retiring in 1997, at which time he joined the firm of Hartman Consulting Corp., then Foster Wheeler and Shaw Environmental.

Among the awards he received during his career are the Department of U.S. Army Civilian Award; the WEDA Lifetime Achievement Award; the Bronze Order of the de Fleury Medal; Selected for the Distinguished Civilian Employee Gallery on the wall of the Portland Division Office, many WODCON best paper and innovation recognitions. He was a member of the Western Dredging Association (WEDA), the World Dredging Conference, (WODA), PIANC (the International Navigation Association), and the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME).

Among his accomplishments are work on to clear navigation channels in the wake of the eruption of Mount St. Helens; an innovation for cleaning up oil after the “Exxon Valdez” disaster in Alaska; and cleanup of oil processing plants in Saudi Arabia after Desert Storm.

He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Marlene; son Mark and wife Suzan; daughter Teresa and husband Cliff; their combined five grandchildren, Samantha, Matthew, Sabrina, Madeline and little Robert; mother Marie Hopman, brother Dennis "Danny" and his sister Pauline. Bob was preceded in death by his son Matthew, his father Charles, and his brother Chuck.

(Please see full memorial in IDR Online.)

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