Herbert John Hopkins

From Old Orchard Beach History
Jump to navigation Jump to search

Dr. Herbert John Hopkins was a doctor and hypnotist who practiced in Old Orchard.[1]


Early Life

He was born in Lawrence, Massachusetts around 1919, to John and Lillian Weller Hopkins.[1]

His brother', Frank E. Hopkins, was born on 5/5/1930, also in Lawrence, Massachusetts.[1][2]

He received his undergraduate degree in chemistry at Aurora College, where he studied from 1945 to 1948.[1]

He then studied medicine at University of Illinois School of Medicine, graduating in 1952.[1]

His master's degree was in chemistry.[1]

Marriage and Children

His nephew, Howard Lance Hopkins, was a writer.[3][4]

Professional Life

He worked as a radio engineer from 1937 to 1945.[1]

In 1952 he moved to Old Orchard Beach to practice medicine.[1]

On 4/11/1956, he treated Shirley Ferron Miles at Notre Dame hospital for a concussion following a car accident.[5]

According to his nephew, he was known for his skills as an allergist and also did early work on multiple sclerosis.[3]

In the 1970s, he may have run a "psychic church".[3]

In 1985, he retired to Lake Placid, Florida.[1]

He became a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in nearby Sebring, Florida.[1]


He died on 4/1/2005.[6]

He was buried in Oak Hill Cemetery, Lake Placid, Florida on 4/5/2005.[1]

September 1976 Incident

Hopkins was the subject of an extraterrestrial visitation story in 1976. According the tale, he received a phone call from someone acting as the director of a New Jersey UFO research organization one night in September of 1976. The tale goes on to tell of a visit immediately after the phone call by a peculiar individual who threatened Hopkins regarding his recent hypnosis work on the David Stephens abduction case. Many UFO folklorists cite the visit when referring to men-in-black cases.[3][7][8]

His nephew, Howard Lance Hopkins, personally disavowed the story as a delusion of his uncle's creation in a blog posting in 2008.[3]


  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 Tampa Bay Times. 4/5/2005. Published online on Legacy.com Accessed 7/25/2002. https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/tampabaytimes/obituary.aspx?n=herbert-hopkins&pid=3376162
  2. Dennett, Craig and Pate Funeral Homes: In Memoriam: Frank Hopkins. Saco, Maine. Accessed on 7/25/2020. http://dcpatememorials.com/1059/Frank-Hopkins-Memorial
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 Dark Bits: The Truth About a Man in Black. Howard Lance Hopkins. 1/13/2008. Accessed on 7/25/2020. http://howardhopkins.blogspot.com/2008/01/truth-about-man-in-black.html Archived on 5/24/2008. https://web.archive.org/web/20080524015603/http://howardhopkins.blogspot.com/2008/01/truth-about-man-in-black.html
  4. Welcome to the world of western author Howard Hopkins. http://howardhopkins.com/. Accessed 7/25/2020. http://howardhopkins.com
  5. Biddeford Daily Journal. 4/11/1956.
  6. Genlookups.com. Maine Obituary and Death Notice Archive. 2/12/2014. Accessed 7/25/2020. http://www.genlookups.com/me/webbbs_config.pl/noframes/read/112
  7. Huffpost: ‘Men In Black’ Inspired By Scary Stories Of People Who’ve Seen UFOs. Lee Speigel. 05/23/2012. Accessed on 7/25/2020. https://www.huffpost.com/entry/men-in-black-inspired-ufos-government-agents_n_1536996 Archived on 4/4/2019. https://web.archive.org/web/20190404154918/https://www.huffpost.com/entry/men-in-black-inspired-ufos-government-agents_n_1536996
  8. National Investigations Committee On Aerial Phenomena: Intrusions at Loring AFB - 1975. 5/30/2007. Larry Fawcett, Barry Greenwood. Accessed on 7/25/2020. http://www.nicap.org/articles/CI-Loring.htm Archived on 8/18/2016. https://web.archive.org/web/20160818215414/http://nicap.org/articles/CI-Loring.htm