Meet our Donors: A. Eugene Hoeper

Created by the late Bernice Hoeper in honor of her late husband A. Eugene Hoeper, the A. Eugene Hoeper Foundation was a nonprofit organization dedicated to provide support to programs designed to help alleviate extreme loneliness and isolation experienced by chronically ill and home-bound deaf individuals through visitations and Cheer-by-Mail. The organization’s funds also supported respite for caretakers and provided specialized equipment.

Mr. Hoeper was born deaf and Mrs. Hoeper lost her hearing at the age of 18 after suffering from spinal meningitis. Mrs. Hoeper completed her undergraduate degree at Gallaudet College in Washington, D.C., and in 1975 went on to become the first deaf woman ever to receive a master’s degree from the University of Maryland School of Social Work in Baltimore.