Larry Hopkins


Dr. Lawrence D. “Larry” Hopkins (’72, MD ’77), a well-known Winston-Salem physician, football star and Wake Forest University Trustee, passed away on November 9, 2020. He was 70.

Hopkins is survived by his wife Beth, their two children, Michelle and David (’12, MA ’15), and two grandchildren.

Fifty years ago, Hopkins enrolled at Wake Forest, where he emerged as a standout chemistry student and Demon Deacon running back. He began serving on the Wake Forest Board of Trustees in 1986 and completed his seventh term this summer.

WFU Hall of Famer

Fifty years ago, Hopkins played a key role in Wake Forest’s first ACC football championship. He was a two-time all-conference selection and was inducted into the Wake Forest Sports Hall of Fame in 1989.

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“While the name Larry Hopkins first became known to the Wake Forest family through his accomplishments on the football field, throughout his career he honored the University’s motto Pro Humanitate, serving the community in exceptional ways as a beloved physician, leader and mentor. As a teacher, he shared his deep knowledge and selflessly offered his wisdom. As a trustee, he lent us his vision and drove our aspirations. And as a friend, he always had a ready smile and listening ear. Wake Forest has lost a giant in our community.”

Nathan O. Hatch, Wake Forest President Emeritus