Donald Hawkins, Westinghouse executive, dies

He was a past president of the Westinghouse Employees Association

  • Donald Hawkins
Donald Hawkins
November 01, 2010|By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun

Donald Hawkins, a retired Westinghouse/Northrop Grumman executive who was active in Halethorpe civic activities, died of a stroke Oct. 22 at the Cleveland Clinic in Weston, Fla. The Halethorpe resident was 78.

Born in Baltimore and raised in Halethorpe, he was a graduate of Banneker High School in Catonsville and attended Maryland State College, now the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. He enlisted in the Army and served in Korea in the 204th Field Artillery Battalion during the Korean War.

He joined Westinghouse, later Northrop Grumman, in 1959 and was a pioneer African-American executive. He was a past president of the Westinghouse Employees Association.

He served on the Arbutus Recreation and Parks Council and worked with several elected officials. He served two terms as a district commissioner on the Baltimore County Human Relations Commission and served as president of the Halethorpe Civic League for more than 20 years.

A Mason, he was a member of the Landmark 40 lodge on Winters Lane. He also belonged to the Jerusalem Temple.

Mr. Hawkins spent several months a year in Florida and developed many close friends and community ties. He enjoyed hosting family cookouts and steaming crabs.

Services were held Saturday at the First Baptist Church of Elkridge, where he was a deacon and superintendent of the Sunday school.

Survivors include his wife of 43 years, the former Ireland Elizabeth Mundell; a son, Donald Eric Hawkins of Halethorpe; a daughter, Dawn Hawkins Johnson of New Haven, Conn.; a brother, John A. Hawkins Jr. of Halethorpe; and two granddaughters.

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