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Ah, what a magnificent place this once was. The very epicenter of learning here in Appalachia. Truly, nothing is as valuable as a good education.

Gilbert Hopson is a former teacher from Monroe, Connecticut. He can be found outside the entrance of Vault-Tec University in Appalachia.


Before the war, Gilbert taught high school history and literature, considering it a great joy, even if he taught only a few interested students.[1] He and his wife, Millicent, enjoyed Sunday bicycle rides and pint samplings at the local brewery.[2]

After the Great War, Millicent passed away, due to cancer likely caused by radiation. Due to her passing, Gilbert was left depressed, but decided to set himself on a mission. Once he had adapted to the post-War world, he decided to visit every great learning institution in America that remained intact, bringing him to VTU for the time being.[3]

Despite the rumors and controversies about the company and the nature of the Vaults, Gilbert considers the Vault-Tec Corporation to effectively be the saviors of the remnants of humanity, as Vaults allowed for rebuilding and survival, dismissing the rumors as normal for any large corporation. However, the one fault he has for the company lies in its corporate branding of the university.[4]

By 2103, Gilbert stands outside of the main building of Vault-Tec University near his camp, which is behind the VTU statue. He had met with the Vault 76 overseer recently, having a pleasant conversation with her, and is able to tell the player about it.[5]

Interactions with the player character

Interactions overview

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Overseer, Overseen

Effects of player's actions

  • Using the Intelligence 8+ option upon one's first meeting impresses him enough[6] that upon using the next Intelligence 8+ option available, he will happily hand over some supplies to the Vault 76 Vault Dweller.[7]
  • With Strength 8+, one can instead rob Gilbert and demand that he hand over the supplies, as the player character "will hit a man with glasses."[8]

Other Interactions

If spoken to during the quest Overseer, Overseen, he will mention meeting the Vault 76 overseer and direct one to her location.[5]


Apparel Weapon Other items
Patched three-piece suit
Trilby hat

Notable quotes

  • "Ah, what a magnificent place this once was. The very epicenter of learning here in Appalachia. Truly, nothing is as valuable as a good education."
  • "Welcome once more to the hallowed grounds of Vault-Tec University."
  • "I imagine this campus was quite lovely once."
  • "You can almost hear the hustle and bustle of students gathering, talking, and rushing to get to class."
  • "The school's quite intact. That's a pleasant surprise."
  • "This institution was quite prestigious in its day."


Gilbert Hopson appears in Fallout 76, introduced in the Wastelanders update.


  1. Vault Dweller: "What did you do before the war?"
    Gilbert Hopson: "I was a teacher. History and literature were my subjects. It always brought me great joy to illuminate the eager minds of children. Well, for the few who were interested, at any rate. High school students are easily distracted, I'm afraid."
    (Gilbert Hopson's dialogue)
  2. Vault Dweller: "Where are you from?"
    Gilbert Hopson: "Up north. Connecticut. A small town called Monroe, named for the fifth president of the United States. It was quite lovely, especially in the autumn. My wife and I used to ride the bicycle trails on Sundays and then visit the local brewery for a pint. Ah, I do miss those days. And I miss my Millie, may she rest in everlasting peace."
    (Gilbert Hopson's dialogue)
  3. Vault Dweller: "What brings you to Appalachia?"
    Gilbert Hopson: "That's a bit of a story. Not long after the war, I lost my wife Millicent to cancer, likely brought on by the radiation. Every day I questioned whether to go on living at all. Without her, the days were empty, devoid of any purpose beyond the simple need to survive. But in time, once I'd learned to adapt to living in the world after the bombs, I decided to set a new goal for myself. I set out to visit those great American centers of learning that still remained intact. I've always felt at home in such places. And so, here I am, at least for a while."
    (Gilbert Hopson's dialogue)
  4. Vault Dweller: "What do you think about the Vault-Tec corporation?"
    Gilbert Hopson: "Well, I'd start by saying that without Vault-Tec, humanity would be lost. The Vaults saved precious lives and gave us a chance to rebuild. Now, we all heard about the rumors and controversies, but what large corporation doesn't have to cope with such things from time to time? As far as I'm concerned, the only real blemish on Vault-Tec's record is the rather shameless corporate branding on display here at VTU."
    (Gilbert Hopson's dialogue)
  5. 5.0 5.1 Vault Dweller: "I'm here to meet someone, a woman with glasses and gray hair. Have you seen her?"
    Gilbert Hopson: "Not only have I seen her, we had a pleasant conversation just a short while ago. She went inside the school. I do hope she's safe."
    (Gilbert Hopson's dialogue)
  6. Vault Dweller: "[Intelligence 8+] As Benjamin Franklin once said, an investment in knowledge pays the best interest."
    Gilbert Hopson: "Well said! Well said, indeed! It's so good to meet a fellow devotee of the humanities. I don't mind saying that enlightened minds such as yours and mine are in desperately short supply of late."
    (Gilbert Hopson's dialogue)
  7. Vault Dweller: "[Intelligence 8+] Got any supplies you could share with a fellow enlightened mind?"
    Gilbert Hopson: "Normally, I'd have to politely refuse your request, but I think we've forged a bond, you and I. We're like two sailors navigating a stormy ocean of ignorance on a dark night, seeking the bright beacon of knowledge to guide us to safe harbor."
    (Gilbert Hopson's dialogue)
  8. Vault Dweller: "[Strength 8+] I need supplies and you're going to give them to me, because I will hit a man with glasses."
    Gilbert Hopson: "Now now, there's no need for violence. I'm happy to help. After all, as Dickens once wrote, no one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another. Here, have these with my compliments."
    (Gilbert Hopson's dialogue)