July 2015 Luncheon – James Stoner ’05

Stoner - James

James Stoner ’05 is a graduate of UW as well as receiving his Masters in Accounting from the University of Texas at Austin.

James is an energetic guy who seems to get a lot done in many pursuits. Following his studies in Texas, James was an associate with PwC in New York City. James is credentialed as a CPA and a CFA.

After another six years working in the middle office of Tremblant Capital, James left NYC and returned to the Seattle area. He currently serves as the CFO of the Archon Capital Management. James also does a lot of good deeds. For the past 7 years he has been a driving force for the non-profit “Construction for Change” which many of you are familiar with. This deserving non-profit was the recipient of the money from a 4503 major project in its early days. Construction for Change builds schools, medical facilities and other critical infrastructure where they are needed most. Many of their projects have been schools in Africa.

For the past 8 years James has also been on the Executive Committee of a mentoring organization, Minds Matter. We’re fortunate that he has also taken on the organizing and leadership role for the mentoring program for 4503 undergrads. James will share his story of the mentoring – myths and realities. It’s a different world out there, and our fraternity is doing more to prepare undergrads to enter with confidence into this changed world.

During the July luncheon, James reviewed the fledgling mentor program being offered to the members of the active chapter. You are encouraged to become a mentor in this programming. You’ll find it quite rewarding and an enjoyable way to re-connect with your fraternity.

4503 Mentor Program -2015

 

4503 Mentor Program - 2013.2014

 

4503 Mentor Program - 2014.2015

 

4503 Mentor Program - future

Thank you to James Stoner ’05 for leading the mentor program efforts for 4503. If you would like to volunteer to assist James, contact him @ james.p.stoner@gmail.com

Ad Astra – “Race Horse” Bill Hopf ’55

Bill Hopf '55
Bill Hopf ’55

William (Bill) Desmond Hopf, died peacefully at his home on June 28, 2015, surrounded by his family. Bill was an amazing Dad, devoted husband, loyal friend, fierce champion for those he loved, passionate about human rights and equality, a patient teacher, meticulous editor, people and animal lover, cookie baker, popcorn maker, cribbage player and world traveler.

Alumnus of Roosevelt High School, University of Washington B.A., Bucknell University, and Arizona State University M.A. Bill was a member of Phi Gamma Delta at the U of W.

He joined the USMC in 1950 and sailed the Mediterranean on the USS Iowa.

Bill taught high school US history; and was a guidance counselor at Garfield High School. He retired from public education in l972 and became the Director of “The Releasee Aid” Program for the Justice Department in San Diego CA. for the next seven years. He also taught group process and strategic planning at the university level in San Diego and Seattle.

He owned and operated Dawson Plumbing Co with his wife Susan for 31 years.

He was active in his community, serving as President of the Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce and on numerous committees for Mayor Norm Rice.

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Janet Hopf. He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Susan Farrington, his daughters Mary Desmond Verdonk (Tim) Seattle, Susan B Hopf, Escondido CA, Monica Stojkovic (Stanko) Ft. Lauderdale, step-daughters Catherine Farrington-Kruse (Scott), Bellevue and Jacqueline Farrington-Otto (Chris) Marina Del Rey and three grandchildren.

Special thanks to his caregivers, Laisa and Sunia, of Family Best Care.

If you wish to make a donation in honor of Bill, please make it in support of education, housing or food for the disadvantaged.

At Bill’s request there will be no services

Obituary info by Seattle Times 7/12/2015 edition