Janet Marie HOPKINS
August 3, 1949 – February 28, 2019
Dr. Janet Marie Hopkins, an accomplished psychologist, dedicated mother and voracious reader, recently died at her home in West Seattle. She was 69. She leaves her beloved son, Benjamin Hopkins Parnass, 32, of Seattle.
She is survived by her father, Timothy J. Hopkins of Tacoma, Wash.; her sister, Mary Ann German of Seattle; her brother, Timothy Hopkins, Jr. of Boise, Idaho. She was predeceased by her mother, Mary Hopkins, of Tacoma, Wash.
Janet was born in Pasco, Wash., on Aug. 3, 1949. She graduated from Sammamish High School in 1967. She worked as an accounting bookkeeper in the Bellevue area in the 1970s. Janet then finished college and was accepted into John Bastyr College of Naturopathic Medicine, from which she graduated in 1984, making many friends and colleagues including Susa Holt of Seattle and Daniel Briggs of Vashon Island, Wash.
After graduation, Janet moved to Connecticut with her then-husband, John Parnass of Burien, Wash., where she built a successful naturopathic medical practice in the city of Westport. After returning to the Northwest in 1989, Janet pursued her true professional interest of psychology and in 1994 earned a doctoral degree in clinical psychology from Pacific University in Forest Grove, Ore. Her decision to pursue doctoral-level studies for the second time exemplified the determination and work ethic that was her hallmark.
For the next 24 years, Janet dedicated herself to serving the needs of her psychology patients as a member of Swedish Family Medicine and then as a sole practitioner in West Seattle. She retired in August 2018. Janet believed in physical fitness and made frequent use of her long suffering Stairmaster. Her main leisure activity – aside from reading good fiction – was cooking and enjoying healthy foods, especially her favorite chicken Caesar salads with dressing on the side.
One of Janet’s greatest accomplishments was her tireless advocacy of the best interests of her son Benjamin. Ben was able, as Janet bravely confronted physical challenges in her last months, to be a profoundly valuable support to her as well.
Services will be private.