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In Memoriam

  Eloise Hoopes

Eloise Hoopes
Photo: Courtesy of Don Flowers

  Eloise Hoopes

(From left) Dr. John J. Kuiper with Dr. Gabriel
Danovitch, holder of the Kuiper Chair.
Photo: Courtesy of UCLA

Longtime Malibu resident Eloise Hoopes passed away June 2, 2015, at UCLA. She was 97 years old, and she was known for making people feel special and for her love of travel and flowers.

During World War II, Hoopes worked for a time on the assembly line of a glider factory and as a runway model for a Kansas City, Kansas, department store. After moving to California, she met her second husband, cartoonist Don Flowers, and moved to Point Dume. Following Flowers’s death, Hoopes married Frank Hoopes and moved to Zuma Beach.

A true friend of UCLA, Hoopes donated her Malibu property to the university. The annuity enabled her to live in her home while providing her with a lifetime income. The proceeds from the sale of the house will benefit UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica as an unrestricted gift to be used for the medical center’s highest priorities.
Hoopes is survived by her companion John Siller, her son Don Flowers, daughter-in-law Joanna and four grandchildren.


Dr. John J. Kuiper, a longtime clinical faculty member in the Department of Medicine, passed away on April 27, 2015.

Dr. Kuiper earned his medical degree from Cornell University Medical College in 1961 and completed his internship, residency and chief residency in internal medicine at the University of Rochester and a fellowship in nephrologic research at Hammersmith Hospital in London, England.

Upon his retirement, in 2012, Dr. Kuiper made a generous and visionary investment in UCLA by establishing the John J. Kuiper Chair in Nephrology and Renal Transplantation, which promotes translational research, education and ethical practice in these fields.



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