Behind the Name: Charles W. Hawkins Seminar Building
Charles Warren Hawkins
Hawkins (1864-1958) was professor of ancient languages at Florida Southern College from December 1935 to 1957. He received an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the College in 1955. The 1939 Interlachen was dedicated to Professor Hawkins.
Hawkins received the Ph.B. degree in mathematics from Wesleyan College in Middleton, Connecticut in 1886. He received the B.D. degree in 1889 in languages from Drew Theological University in New Jersey, and served as a Methodist minister for three years. His teaching career commenced with two years at Equinock High School in Pennsylvania, four years in Farmington, Maine at Carleton College, and six years at Amityville High School, New York. For thirty-one years he was Principal of P.S. 11, The Bronx, New York City, then came to Florida Southern College.
Hawkins authored the current Florida Southern College Alma Mater.
From the 1940 Interlachen: "... bushy eyebrows, craggy features, a shock of white hair ... gale-blown walk ... played football when men were men ... friendly, but highly serious ... a desire always to do what's right ... very exact ... stock-taker of student opinion ... extremely courteous ... dry wit ... faithful ... unselfish ... sincere ... Socrates in "homespun" ... a man who keeps faith with his ideals in a shaken world ..."
From the 1945 Interlachen: "... that scholar with the latent twinkle in his eye, Dr. Hawkins, who passed his eightieth birthday this year, an integral member of our college, beloved by all."
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