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Charles Haine Hawkins ’52

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Charles Haine Hawkins ’52, January 11, 2013, in Des Moines, Washington. Charles grew up in Gresham, Oregon, and enlisted in the army after high school. He was stationed in post-war occupied Germany, where he played clarinet in the army band. Returning from the war, he enrolled at Reed on the G.I. Bill and received a BA in sociology. He then earned a PhD in sociology from the University of Chicago. His postdoctoral work at the University of California, Berkeley, earned him a second master’s degree in public health. He taught at Central Washington University, beginning in 1963, with a focus on social aspects of family life and family planning. He did research at the Oregon State Hospital and had sabbaticals in Mexico, Spain, and England. He retired in the early ’90s. Interests outside of his career led to him joining the Audubon Society and the Washington Native Plant Society. Charles learned to ski and to mountain climb during his military service in Germany, and hiked, climbed, and did snowshoeing regularly in the Washington Cascades. He also enjoyed genealogy and playing the guitar. “He put the health of the natural environment first, setting a fantastic example for those around him with his activism and his daily life choices.” Survivors include two sons and a daughter, three grandchildren, a brother, and his friend and companion Ginger Jensen.

Appeared in Reed magazine: June 2013

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