William Hawes

Colonel William John Hawes, M.D. Resident of Monte Sereno Born on April 23, 1930, passed away peacefully in his sleep on May 9, 2013 after living a wondrous life of 83 years that was full of great achievements, a beautiful family, wonderful friends, exotic travels, and great compassion for his patients. His parents were Marie and Major William J. Hawes, M.D. and his siblings were Sam Hawes, Jeanne Hawes Hoeschen and Jerry Hawes. His parents and siblings are deceased. Dr. Hawes was born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri. He and his family moved to Northern California after his father died in England during World War II. He graduated from San Jose State in 1949 and met his wife, Anna Costanza, at a Quid Novi function on April 30, 1950. He enlisted in the Army during the Korean War and married Anna on November 29, 1953. Dr. Hawes enrolled in medical school in 1956 and graduated from the University of California San Francisco Medical School in 1960. His internship, pediatric residency and neurology residency were performed at Letterman General Hospital. He was also a postdoctoral fellow in pediatric neurology at Stanford University School of Medicine. During his military career, Dr. Hawes was stationed at Brooke Army Medical Center in Texas, Fort Carson in Colorado, military facilities in Linz, Austria, Presidio in San Francisco, 5th General Hospital in Stuttgart, Germany, and Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. Dr. Hawes received the Army Commendation Medal and the National Defense Service Medal for his dedicated service to the Army. Dr. Hawes retired from the military and left Walter Reed Medical Center in 1977. From there he moved his family to Monte Sereno, California where he started a private practice in adult and child neurology at O'Connor Hospital in San Jose. During his illustrious career, he was an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Neurology at George Washington University, an Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Neurology at Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences, a consultant in Child Neurology to the Surgeon General of the Army, the Program Director of the Child Neurology Training Program at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, a Clinical Instructor in Pediatrics and Neurology at Stanford University School of Medicine and an academic faculty member at the Children's Hospital National Medical Center in Washington, D.C. Dr. Hawes was also a Diplomat of the American Board of Pediatrics and the American Board of Neurology with a Special Competence in Child Neurology. He was a member of the American Medical Association, American Academy of Neurology, Santa Clara County Medical Society, the Adult and Child Neurology Society and the Medical Friends of Wine, San Francisco. Dr. Hawes was a certified physician in pediatrics, neurology and pediatric neurology. Dr. Hawes loved to travel. He visited many destinations throughout Europe, the Middle East, the Americas and Asia. He had an intense curiosity and enjoyed experiencing the culture and learning about the people in each of the cities he visited. He once said that some of his fondest memories included family vacations to Tuscany to attend his son's wedding, Turkey to visit friends, Maine to celebrate his 50th wedding anniversary and Mt. Fuji to see the sunrise. Dr. Hawes is survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Anna, his son Jason Hawes (wife Terri and son Tyler) and his daughter Stacy Melle (husband Kelly). Please join Dr. Hawes' family for a celebration of his life on June 1, 2013 beginning with a 10:00 am Mass at Saint Mary of the Immaculate Conception church (219 Bean Avenue, Los Gatos), followed by a reception at The Toll House Hotel (140 South Santa Cruz Avenue, Los Gatos). There will be a private grave-side service for the immediate family at a later date. In lieu of flowers, a donation to Cystic Fibrosis Research, Inc. (2672 Bayshore Parkway, Suite 520, Mountain View, CA 94043) would be welcomed. "To those whom I have loved and those who have loved me, let me go, no tears. For the beautiful years that we have had together, let us give thanks to God." Author Unknown.

Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on May 23, 2013