On 16 December 2016 John Hopkins will celebrate his 80th birthday, and Downing College is looking both to mark the occasion and to create a lasting tribute to his outstanding contribution over more than 40 years to the teaching of Law.
To give John’s many devoted former students the opportunity to show their appreciation for the support he gave during their time at Downing and beyond, we are raising funds to name his former room on P staircase in his honour. The money raised will go to the College Endowment Fund in support of the provision of small-group teaching in College, a cause very close to John’s heart, and, we hope, a fitting way to ensure that the supervision system that lies at the core of a Cambridge education may be safeguarded for the future.
On Friday 6 January 2017 we will be holding a celebration birthday dinner at Downing, to which John’s former students are invited. The names of those donating £1000 or more to the project will be included on a donor board that will be displayed at the dinner, and the board will eventually be hung in a prominent position outside the room dedicated to John.
Donors making a gift at any level will also have the opportunity to express their good wishes in a specially commissioned book that will be presented to John after the dinner. Those attending the dinner may write in the book on the evening. (Donors unable to attend may send goodwill messages to the Development Office before Friday 18 November for inclusion in the book.)
We hope you will consider supporting this project, which is of particular significance to Downing as it will be the first time the College will recognise a living Fellow in this way. Gifts can be made as one-off payments, or as regular gifts payable over a maximum of three years by Direct Debit (UK bank account holders only), either online (please select John Hopkins' 80th Birthday Room Naming from the drop-down menu) or via a dedicated donation form (click here to download as a pdf). For US-based donors, the most tax-efficient way to give is via Cambridge in America.
To ensure inclusion on the donor board in time for the dinner on 6 January, donations must be received in the Development Office by Friday 18 November. Donations received after that date will be included, but not necessarily in the version presented on 6 January.