John C. Hawkins, 90, died at home in Alamogordo on May 18, 2014.
He was born in Evanston, Ill. on Aug. 2, 1923, the middle child of three and the only son of Jack Hawkins and Margaret (Smith) Hawkins. His first marriage ended in divorce, and he was married to Anne (Barton) Hawkins from 1969 until her death in 2005.
He is survived by daughter Margaret Hawkins (Peter J. Rowell), stepdaughters Elizabeth C. Teviotdale and Ramsay Teviotdale (William Tinto), and special friend Carolyn Grubb.
As a young man he enjoyed ice skating and hockey. Long-distance driving was a life-long passion. He was an avid reader of a wide range of literature, including detective fiction and westerns. He was a particular fan of the works of Edgar Rice Burroughs. In retirement he found more time for golf and volunteer work.
Hawkins was the grandson of William Ashton Hawkins, one of the founders of the town of Alamogordo. He grew up in Lake Forest, Ill.; Minneapolis, Minn.; and La Luz. He was a pupil at Alamogordo High School at the time he enlisted in the U.S. Navy the day after the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor in 1941. He served on active duty from Feb. 1942 until Nov. 1945, including a stint on the USS Pocomoke in the Pacific Ocean theater. He attended Harvard College and received the masters of business administration from the Harvard Business School and an M.A. in teaching from Columbia University. He worked in banking in Massachusetts, New York, and New Mexico, and he was a public school teacher in New York from 1953 to 1976. He lived in North Carolina and Maryland before returning, in 2006, to the town co-founded by his grandfather.
There will be no services.
Published in Alamogordo Daily News from June 25 to July 24, 2014