Albert Hawkins Sr., 89, APG ballistics foreman

April 25, 2004

Albert "Buck" Hawkins Sr., a retired ballistics foreman at Aberdeen Proving Ground, died in his sleep of cancer Wednesday at his North Baltimore home. He was 89.

Born in Baltimore and raised at Lafayette and Druid Hill avenues, he was a graduate of Frederick Douglass High School.

As a young man, he sold fruits and vegetables at Lafayette Market. In the summers, he had a route selling and delivering ice. He also whitewashed fences and sold copies of the Afro-American newspaper.

He later managed Acme and A&P grocery stores and sold policies for North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance Co.

In 1940 he began working at Aberdeen Proving Ground, rising to foreman in charge of firing explosive devices. In 1951 he moved to Aberdeen's Ballistics Research Lab and retired in 1972 as physical science technician.

Mr. Hawkins enjoyed photography and bridge.

His wife of 58 years, Barbara Harmon, died in 1996.

A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. tomorrow at New All Saints Roman Catholic Church, Liberty Heights and Eldorado avenues.

Survivors include four sons, Anthony T. Hawkins of Baltimore, R. Michael Hawkins of Sacramento, Calif., Albert "Odoch" Hawkins Jr. of Scottsdale, Ariz., and Bruce Hawkins of New York City; a daughter, Carol "Mercedes" Hawkins of Los Angeles; a brother, Harry Hawkins of Baltimore; eight grandchildren; and 6 great-grandchildren.

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