Edward R. Hawkins, MD

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Posted on: May 13, 2019

Dr. Edward R. Hawkins was born July 19, 1917, and passed away on May 2, 2019. At 101 years he lived every day to its fullest.

He was preceded in death by his lifelong partner of 55 years, John Nurdin of Baton Rouge, Louisiana; parents William Walters Hawkins and Rachel Sexton Hawkins; brothers Sexton, Bill, and Henry; and his sister Ellen. He is survived by his niece, Nancy Hawkins Rinner and nephews John and David Hawkins. He leaves his good friends Charlotte McKeithen and Joanne Nikko Forlander.

He was born in Marion, Virginia. He went to Emory and Henry College in Wytheville, Virginia. He later attended medical school at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia. After medical school he served in the United States Navyduring World War II. He had a family practice in New York and Pennsylvania. When he retired, he moved to St. Francisville, Louisiana. Years later he moved to St. James Place, a retirement community, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Dr. Hawkins’ unique wit, humor and intelligence will be greatly missed by all that were fortunate enough to know him. Keeping with Dr. Hawkins’ giving spirit, his remains will be donated to Tulane University in lieu of a funeral or memorial service as per his request.