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Date of Issue: March 20, 2010

Obituaries

Peter Jack Hawkins

Peter Jack Hawkins, 87, of Hillsboro, Ore., died Dec. 11. He was born in Bradford, England.

He received a doctorate degree from University College London in 1950. He had a 32-year teaching career in organic chemistry at Oberlin College, Ohio.

He and wife Marilyn spent winters on Anna Maria Island, where he organized classes for children to learn the craft of making wooden toys at the Anna Maria Island Community Center and Roser Memorial Community Church.

He volunteered in stage design and both on and off stage at the Island Players and Roser Chapel Players. He also was involved in the Island museum effort early on.

He restored three historical cottages, one in Bell Buckle, Tenn., a stone cottage at Sir Walter Raleigh’s Castle, Sherboune, England, and one of the first houses in Anna Maria, an adobe-style house built in 1922.

He and his wife retired to the Springs at Tanasbourne, Hillsboro, in June.

A life celebration was held at Tanasbourne. The family requests donations to Roser Church, P.O. Box 247, Anna Maria FL 34216, or to Anatomical Research Fund, Oregon Health and Science University School of Medicine, 3181 S.W. Sam Jackson Park Road, Portland OR 97239. Arrangements were by Finley-Sunset Hills Mortuary.

He is survived by wife Marilyn, sons Michael of St. Petersburg, Fla., and Derek of Nashville, Tenn.; step-family Thomas and wife Tracy Litterer, and their children, Emily and Jake, of Hillsboro; and foster granddaughter Patricia Chandler and her daughter Shy Ann, both of Henderson, Ky.

 

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