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Dr. David Hawkins

Dr. David Hawkins, who served as dean of Memorial’s Faculty of Medicine, passed away in the ICU of the Ottawa General Hospital on Saturday, Feb. 12, 2011, following complications of acute respiratory illness. Born in St. John's in 1937, Dr. Hawkins received his medical degree from Dalhousie University and did postgraduate training at Dalhousie and McGill Universities followed by three years at Scripps Research Foundation in La Jolla California. In 1968 he returned to McGill as a Medical Research Council of Canada Scholar and subsequently became professor of medicine and director of rheumatology at the Montreal General Hospital. In 1980 he became chair of medicine at Memorial University and in 1987, Memorial's third dean of medicine. In 1991 he was VP of the Medical Research Council of Canada and served as interim president. In 1993 the Medical Research Council of Canada and Memorial University jointly endowed the David Hawkins Lectureship In Health Sciences Research.