Kathleen Hopkins was a person of keen intelligence and wide-ranging interests. A native Michigander, Kate was happiest in well-worn flannel, denim, and trekking boots hiking on a backwoods trail or two track. She was a lifelong student of nature, science, art, and design. She personally designed and planted hundreds of native plant habitats. Kathleen earned a degree in computer science, which she used to do extensive and careful research. She was also a gourmet healthy cook—with the occasional fat and juicy ballpark style hot dog stuffed with smoked Gouda, Vidalia, and wrapped in bacon. Self-taught, she was a pianist of light-tripping sonatinas to growling blues and ragtime. Kathleen had a serious interest in matters of the intellect, especially physics. And also matters of the heart—she was the steadfast head of her family. Endlessly kind and generous, Kathleen supported the Cherryland Humane Society and established two NMC scholarships: one in Fine Arts and the other in Creative Writing.
Kathleen’s book of poetry, The Wild Jalopy, is due for publication May 2023.