Andrea Hopmeyer

June 19, 1967November 20, 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 (


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Huntington Wu

November 21, 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


November 21, 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.

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