hope familyA Science Legacy

When Earl Hope M.D. ’83 stepped onto the campus, an Ursinus legacy began. His brothers, Paul ’85 and Tom ’92 would follow several years later.  One generation later, two of his three children, Jennifer ’10 and Matthew ’14 made their own mark boasting individual talents and defining character.

Earl Hope expressed an interest in science early in his academic career and his sights were set on medicine just a few years later. The Pre-Medical curriculum at Ursinus was rigorous yet attractive as was the small school atmosphere. Close contact with the professors was important to him. “Dr. Ronald Hess is still the best teacher I’ve ever had, including all my professors at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. I’m very grateful for the education I received at Ursinus because the emphasis was not simply on memorizing facts, but rather fostering the ability to learn,” he says.

Following his graduation from Ursinus, Earl launched a successful medical career at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.  He completed his internship and residency in medicine, served in the position of chief resident, and earned a fellowship in cardiology.  In addition to his professional accomplishments, Earl is a devoted family man with modest, spiritual, compassionate qualities that make him a great role to his children.  It is no surprise that his children have chosen career pathways in scientific research, nursing, and medicine.  Linda Hope, Earl’s wife also shares an interest in the sciences and health care.  “It seems so natural for our children to follow in that path” she says.

Jenna Hope recalls stories about Ursinus from the time she was young. It seemed like a natural decision to attend Ursinus. A scholar-athlete, Jenna found a home on the tennis court, as well as in the lab with research advisor Dr. Tony Lobo. She credits Dr. Lobo and her father as being the two most influential people to her career path. Today, the alumna is a Ph.D. student at Drexel University College of Medicine training as an Immunologist.

Matt is a Biochemistry and Molecular Biology major. He has always been interested in science and a future in medicine. He was inducted into the TriBeta National Biology Honors Society, worked as a Summer Fellow, conducted Honors Research and presented his research in Boston.  He has enjoyed his four years at Ursinus. He is President of Fraternities on the Inter-Greek Council, and captain of the men’s tennis team.

Summing up his feelings about his Ursinus education, Earl Hope states, “I’m quite confident that my undergraduate experience set the foundation for life-long learning in medicine, but in other areas as well.”