In Memory

Rollie Hopgood - Class Of 1961

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07/29/11 05:29 PM #1    

Gerry Kretschmar (1961)



AFT Resolutions



Rollie Hopgood, past president of the Michigan Federation of Teachers and School-Related Personnel from 1996 to 2001, passed away March 12, 2002, while in Hawaii with his wife.

Rollie was many things to many people: union leader, teacher, friend, biking enthusiast, advocate and family man. Not only passionate and committed, he was a man of action, a man with a mission, a man who knew no limits when it came to advancing unity, the labor movement, public education and the condition of all public school employees.

Rollie worked tirelessly for the Michigan Federation of Teachers & School-Related Personnel in 1970 and 1971 as a staff representative and again from 1981 to 1996 as administrative assistant to the president. In 1996 he was chosen by the administrative board to replace retiring President Hugh Jarvis. Rollie was then elected and reelected to the presidency in 1997 and 1999.

While president of the Taylor Federation of Teachers, Local 1085, Rollie was able to effectuate collective bargaining rights before the state bargaining law was enacted and lead numerous strikes to secure outstanding contracts.

He served on the Taylor (Mich.) City Council, the state AFL-CIO executive board, was treasurer of the state board of education; he taught art, social studies and physical education in the Taylor school district.

Past President Hopgood retired in June of 2001, with the plan of taking bike trips in various parts of the country with his wife, Chris, yet was active with the newly formed MFT&SRP retirees committee and had plans to actively campaign for his son Hoon-Yung Hopgood in his race for state representative in Michigan's 22nd District.

Mr. Hopgood was known for his big voice and even bigger heart. He laughed loud, lived well and was an inspiration to many.

RESOLVED, that the AFT, AFL-CIO and its affiliates join the MFT&SRP in honoring Rollie W. Hopgood as a tireless leader whose energy and spirit inspired and continues to inspire many.


Additonal research shows that Michigan Senate resolution 0189 (2002), sponsored by Chris Dingel, was passed hororing the memory of Rollie W. Hopgood.  

Senate Resolution No. 189.

A resolution honoring the memory of Rollie W. Hopgood.

Whereas, Rollie W. Hopgood was the president of the Michigan Federation of Teachers & School Related Personnel.

He served his years with dignity, grace, and with the upmost respect of his colleagues; and

Whereas, As a teacher in Taylor, president of the Taylor Federation of Teachers, and treasurer of the State Board of

Education, Rollie did so much for public education, our students, and those who educate them; and

Whereas, He was affiliated with the Michigan State AFL-CIO Executive Board, the Michigan Democratic Party

Central State, American Association of Retired Persons, and the Americans for International Aid and Adoption; and

Whereas, His warm and caring heart, friendship, and easy-going personality has touched the hearts and lives of

everyone whom he has met; and

Whereas, Those colleagues, friends, and all who had the opportunity to meet Rollie will forever remember this kind

and gentle man who affected the lives of many people; now, therefore, be it

Resolved by the Senate, That the members of this legislative body join in honoring the life, memory, and service of

Rollie W. Hopgood; and be it further

Resolved, That a copy of this resolution be transmitted to his wife Chris as a token of our respect for her husband’s

commitment and service.



08/14/11 05:00 PM #2    

William Martin (1961)

Search on Google for Rollie Hopgood -Taylor Federation of Teachers, local 1085-Tribute to Rollie Hopgood   This is a very nice color video tribute to Rollie! 

08/24/11 12:13 PM #3    

Gerry Kretschmar (1961)


State of Michigan

State Board of Education



WHEREAS, Rollie Hopgood earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Western Michigan

University, his Masters Degree in Education Leadership from Eastern Michigan University, and did

additional coursework at Wayne State University and the University of Michigan; and

WHEREAS, during his long career in education, beginning in the Taylor Public Schools in

1962 as an art, social studies, and physical education teacher, he served the children of his district

proudly; and

WHEREAS, from 1965 to 1970, and again from 1977 to 1981, Rollie Hopgood served as

President of the Taylor Federation of Teachers, Local 1085, representing hundreds of teachers in

his district; and

WHEREAS, in 1970 and 1971, and from 1981 to 2001, Rollie Hopgood worked tirelessly for the

Michigan Federation of Teachers and School Related Personnel, serving his final five years as

President; and

WHEREAS, in 1988, Michigan Governor James Blanchard appointed Rollie Hopgood to the

State Board of Education to fill the unexpired term of Carroll Hutton; and

WHEREAS, for 27 months, Rollie Hopgood served as a distinguished member of the State

Board of Education, where he served first as a member, and then eventually named treasurer until

1990; and

WHEREAS, as a lasting testament to his profession, Rollie Hopgood fought for the rights

of teachers and children throughout Michigan, believing that the public schools and public

education were in Michigan’s best long-term interest; and

WHEREAS, the State Board of Education and the Michigan Department of Education were

saddened to hear of the untimely death of Rollie Hopgood on March 12, 2002; now, therefore be


RESOLVED, That the Michigan State Board of Education extend to the family of Rollie

Hopgood its deepest sympathies, its highest regard, and heartfelt gratitude for the dedication and

expertise this dedicated teacher and advocate brought to the children, teachers, and citizens of

Michigan; and be it finally

RESOLVED, That the Michigan State Board of Education publicly honor Rollie Hopgood

for his outstanding work on behalf of Michigan’s educators, and hold him up as an example of

dedication and determined advocacy for public education that has truly made a difference for us



Kathleen N. Straus, President

Adopted April 11, 2002


Thomas D. Watkins, Jr., Chairman

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