David S. Hoopes

Vershire, Vt. — David S. Hoopes, 85, died Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014, at the Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital in Lebanon, N.H.

David was born on July 28, 1928, in Washington, D.C., the son of Roy and Lydia (Clawson) Hoopes. He grew up in Washington and later attended the University of Utah for one year and completed his undergraduate degree at George Washington University. David obtained his master’s degree in American History from Harvard University, where he met his wife Kathleen (Kay) Rogers. David and Kay were married in 1952 in White River Junction and lived for a time in Boston while David served in the Army in counterintelligence. After his honorable discharge, they spent seven months in Europe and then settled in Vershire. Eventually, they moved to Pittsburgh, Pa. and continued to spend their summers in Vershire before moving there full time in 1977. David was passionate about intercultural communication and cross-cultural relations. He founded the Society for International Education, Training and Research (SIETAR), was President of the Regional Council for Intercultural Communication, and ultimately founded the Intercultural Press, where he combined his love for writing and editing with his passion for intercultural communication. Many referred to David as the father of intercultural communication.

David’s true love was writing. He wrote poetry, including many love poems to his wife; a book about his grandfather, Rudger Clawson, an apostle of the Mormon Church; and a novel about the life of Huckleberry Finn, from Huck’s perspective. David loved being at his home in Vershire were he and Kay spent many hours gardening and landscaping. He also enjoyed riding on his tractor and throwing wood into the cellar for those cold Vermont days. His greatest joy was the time he spent with his family. He was a loving father and a doting grandfather who always had time to stop and talk and share his wisdom and advice to anyone lucky enough to be listening.

David is predeceased by his brother Roy Hoopes.

He is survived by his beloved wife, Kay; his son, Aaron; his daughter, Jennifer; his daughter-in-law, Betsy; his two grandchildren, Justin and Colin; his sister, Linda; and many nieces, nephews and grand-nieces and -nephews.

Knight Funeral Home in White River Junction assisted with arrangements. Condolences to the family may be expressed in an online guestbook at www.knightfuneralhomes.com. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to: VNA Hospice of Vermont and New Hampshire, P.O. 976, White River Jct., VT 05001.