Andrea Hopmeyer

19 June, 196720 November, 2020

Andrea Hopmeyer, a Professor of Psychology at Occidental College, died on November 20, 2020 at the age of 53 after a brave battle with breast cancer.

Andrea is survived by her daughter Jennifer Gorman, parents Estelle and Stanley Hopmeyer of Montreal, Quebec and sisters Joanne Hopmeyer (Steve Danner) of Flagstaff, AZ and Miriam Hopmeyer (Michael Beigleman) of Montreal, Quebec. She is also survived by her niece Rachel Danner and nephews Eric Danner and Mark Beigleman, aunt Jackie Saunders Ritchie (Brian Saunders) of Victoria, BC, and her cousins Sat-Sung Kalman Hassid (Hanoc Hasid) of Israel and Hilary Kalman Walle-Jensen (Jorgen Walle-Jensen) of Vancouver, BC. Andrea will also be missed by her cat Izzy.

Andrea was born and raised in Montreal, Canada. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Clark University in Worcester, MA. She continued her education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where she earned a doctorate in Psychology.

Andrea joined the faculty at Occidental College in 1996. She had a passion for her work and leaves behind a legacy of teaching excellence. Andrea published dozens of scholarly articles on the social and emotional development of children, adolescents and emerging adults. She not only mentored many undergraduates in the research process, but she was especially proud to co-publish with them in prestigious academic journals. She also served on many College committees. Andrea cared deeply about the success of all her students.

Andrea had a passion for life. She always had a smile for everyone and had a large circle of friends who became her extended family. Andrea was very active and loved taking long walks with her friends. She also enjoyed swimming. Most of all, she was a loving and caring mother, sister, and daughter.

She was taken away too soon. We will love you always and forever.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Andrea’s memory to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (


  • Graveside Service

    Monday, 23 November , 2020


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Craig Byrnes

7 December 2020

I miss Andrea. I miss her warm smile, her sharp mind, and her engaging presence.

To her family:

Hamakom yenakhem etekhem betokh shaar avelay tziyon viyrushalayim.
May God comfort you among all the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem.

Craig Byrnes

Sabrina Degnan

30 November 2020

Professor Hopmeyer was my very first professor at Oxy and became my advisor short after. She immediately became more than a teacher, she became my friend and a motherly figure while I was away from home. I remember one Saturday night I was working on an essay for her class and emailed her a question regarding the paper (expecting her to respond Monday) but she offered to call me on her Saturday night to help me. She always helped me in whatever capacity I needed guidance and encouraged me to apply to grad school. I always looked forward to our monthly calls and check-ins even after I graduated. I will miss her dearly.

Huntington Wu

21 November 2020

Dear Jen and Professor Hopmeyer's family

My condolences on everything that has happened. This is Huntington, one of Professor Hopmeyer's previous students. I can only imagine what you're going through my hearts go out to your family. I feel this intervention sadness of departure of beloved Professor, who inspired my interests in doing work with adolescence. I owe her every bit of passion, coolness, and intelligence she brought up in the academic world that led me on a current path to becoming a mental health counselor. There is a quote that I currently hold onto when I hear of Professor Hopmeyer's news: "Everyone dies alone. But, if you *mean* something to someone... if you help someone... or loved someone... if even a single person remembers you... then maybe you never really die at all." I believe that in this sense, Professor Hopmeyer is eternal. In this sense, please hold on and godspeed.

Best Regards
Huntington Wu


21 November 2020


Ther are no words that I can say that will fill the emptiness you are feeling now. But as time goes by that emptiness will be replaced with happier memories you had of your sister which will last you a lifetime.

From Barry, Karen and Sarina Simon