Lewis Hopfenneier II, 68, a businessman and civic leader here dies Thursday at George Washington University Hospital after a heart attack.
In 1957, while serving as governor of Lions International District, 22-C. which includes clubs in Washington and Maryland, he instructed the Lions' Eye Bank and Research Foundation here and served as its first president.
Mr. Hopfenmaier had joined the Silver Spring Lions Club in 1941, and transfered 10 years later to the Rock Greek Lions Club, becoming its first president. The club later presented him with a life membership.
For his many years of service, he was honored by Lions International with the International President's Medal the Director General's Gold Award, the Founder's Award and the Ambassador of Goodwill Award.
Lions International also created and presented to Mr. Hopfenmaier the Key of Nations Membership Award for bringing more than 300 new members into the organization.
He was a former president of the Chevy Chase Lion Club and the Lions International Stamp Club.
Mr. Hopfenmaier also had been a director for many years of the Columbia Light House for the Blind.He was a former Exalled Ruler of Lodge No. 15 of the Elks Club.
A third generation Washingtonian, he attended Pratt Institute in New York and served with the Army Air Force in World War II.
At the time of his death, Mr. Hopfenmaier was a [WORD ILLEGIBLE] real estate and insurance executive.
He had served as secretary-treasurer and on the board of governors of the Touchdown Club and was an active member of the American Legion and the Washington Hebrew Congregation.
He is survived by his wife, Beau, of the home in Washington; three daughters, Barree Sara and Margo Lynn of Washington and Patricia H. Watermatt of Louisville, Ky., and three grandchildren.
The family suggests that expressions of sympathy may be in the form of contributions to the Lions Eye Bank and Research Foundation.