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Sally Hunter Hopper - Diamond Jubilee Outstanding Alumna
Bachelor of Arts - 1956 - Economics
Kentucky-born Sally Hopper probably wouldn't have had any trouble maneuvering a horse around campus, but she remembers "trying to parallel park in front of the Liberal Arts building with a horde of good-looking guys hooting at me!"
Her UW economics degree was earned in what was then a combined department of economics and sociology, and was accompanied by minors in both sociology and psychology. She was a member of psychology's honorary society, Psi Chi, and Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority. After graduating from UW, Hopper turned her attention to raising her family and to community and political volunteer work. The widow of prominent Colorado attorney, George William Hopper, she is the mother of four daughters. A long-time volunteer with Spalding Rehabilitation Hospital, she has served on the Spalding board, of which she is currently president. Hopper is in her second term as a Colorado State Senator. She chairs the Health, Environment, Welfare and Institutions Committee, and is on the Judiciary Committee. Her particular interests are the needs of children, the elderly and disabled, and she has spearheaded successful major legislation in their behalf. She is active in and has held all major offices in P.E.O., and is a member of the Board of Directors of Bayaud Industries. She particularly remembers "...classes under Professor Bill Mulloy, and his telling us of his adventures with Thor Hyerdahl on the second Kon Tiki expedition. His classes were an adventure in themselves! I guess we don't appreciate the fine education we receive at the time. But now I know that a degree from Wyoming is special. I feel I received a well-founded education from professors who actually taught the classes!"