Camden’s Lawrence N. Hopkins
One of Camden’s own sons became president of Camden National Bank, a prestigious position.
Lawrence N. Hopkins was born Aug. 26, 1913, the son of Nathan and Lucia Shute Hopkins, in Bangor because his parents happened to be working there at the time. They also had one other son born there, Robert Hopkins.
Nathan and Lucia returned to Camden at the request of his parents, to live with and care for them, helping to run the small dairy at 306 Mountain St. That home is still standing and is a cute little cape house on the left before coming to Molyneaux Road. It was not a large farm but served a supply of customers and even had the glass bottles, in which milk was delivered in those days, with “ N. H. Hopkins” embossed on them.
Lawrence Hopkins was a nice looking, unassuming student in the Camden schools and graduated in the Camden High School class of 1932. He was an honor student, as well as an outstanding athlete. He returned to C.H.S. to take a “P.G.” (post graduate) course that was available then. During the Great Depression jobs were scarce and fewer students could afford college. He took a business course and then went to work in the Camden Farmers’ Union (now the building is High Mountain Hall.)
Hopkins was drafted for World War II in 1942, leaving town with Douglas Heald, Fred Bartlett and one other young man from Lincolnville. He served four years in the Pacific Theater, attaining the rank of first sargent. He was discharged in January 1946. Meanwhile, when home on furlough, he married a very pretty girl, Adele C. Hawkins, from Tenants Harbor on June 13, 1943, in Tenants Harbor Baptist Church.
In March 1946, then-President Clayton McCobb offered Hopkins a job at Camden National Bank, where he served in various positions for 32 years. In 1951, he was promoted to assistant cashier; in 1964 to executive vice-president and also served on the Board of Directors. Then in 1965, Hopkins was elected president, serving for 13 years in that position and retiring in 1978. But after retirement he continued to serve on the Board of Directors for another 10 years.
Both Lawrence and his wife Adele were active in community civic, fraternal and banking organizations. He was director and president of Camden Rotary Club, Camden and Rockport Chamber of Commerce, Camden Y.M.C.A and the local chapter of the American Institute of Banking. Hopkins also served as director of the Camden Community Hospital and the Maine Bankers Association. He was a member of the Keystone Chapter and the Claremont Commandery; past master of The Megunticook Grange and Amity Lodge of Masons No.6.
He kept busy serving the community as trustee of the Anita Card Montgomery Foundation, director of the Douglas Thom Memorial Corp., and the Megunticook Watershed Association. Hopkins was a member of state and national granges. He was a longtime member of Chestnut Street Baptist Church, serving as president and trustee.
Adele also was very active at Chestnut Street Baptist Church, as well as The Camden Women’s Club and for many years serving on the board and trustee of the Home for Aged Women.
Camden lost a great citizen July 26, 2000, at the age of 86 years. He loved his town of Camden. His brother, Robert, died in March the same year. Lawrence and Adele had one son, Allan, and grandson Paul.
Hopkins' funeral was at Chestnut Street Baptist Church with Rev. Wayne Wallace officiating and burial was Mountain View Cemetery.
Also laid to rest at Mountain View are Nathan and Lucia Hopkins, parents of Lawrence. Nathan was born in 1879 and died in 1962. Lucia was born in 1880 and died in 1970. Nathan’s parents, David Frank Hopkins was born in 1840 and died in 1926; h is wife Sarah Kendall Hopkins was born in 1841 and died in 1903. They are also buried at Mountain View Cemetery. The Hopkins family was a respected family, who contributed so much to the town of Camden.