Stewart “Stu” DeWitt Hawkins passed away on March 22 following complications from a fall. He was born in Norwalk, on Feb. 16, 1918. He graduated from Darien High School and from the University of Connecticut (BS, Engineering) where he was a member of Phi Mu Delta Fraternity, Ohio State University (MS, Aeronautical Engineering), and the Air Force Institute of Technology (MS, Systems Management).
His parents were Reuben Fenton and Louise Oldenschlager Hawkins of Darien. His father was a builder and Stewart and his brother, John, learned construction and house building from him. Stewart and John also had three sisters, Millie Hawkins Sayles, Ruth Hawkins Smith and Alice Hawkins Holly.
Stu was stationed at Waco Army Air Field, Waco, Texas, as a pilot during World War II. While there, he met Katherine “Kay” Loftin, and they married on July 9, 1944. Stu worked as an aeronautical and aerospace engineer at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio, in the Aeronautical System Division. He retired from the Air Force Reserves as a lieutenant colonel.
Stu was an active member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Dayton and later, he and Kay joined the First Church of Christ Scientist and served on the Board of Directors. He was a master woodworker and craftsman who loved designing and building custom furnishings and shelving. Stu donated his time and craftsmanship to various churches in each city he lived. His beautiful works were greatly appreciated and are still in use today.
Stu was a member of Far Hills Lodge No. 784 where he was a Past Master and 33rd Degree Mason. He was also active in several other local lodges.
His wife predeceased him by three months. He was also predeceased by his parents, Louise and Reuben, and three sisters: Millie, Ruth, and Alice. He is survived by his son, Stewart Jr.; daughter, Katherine “Kit;” son-in-law, Ian Randal Strock; brother, John Edward; 10 nieces and nephews, and many friends.
To celebrate their love and life together, a memorial service for Kay and Stu will be held at 2 on Saturday, July 28, at Routsong Funeral Home, 2100 E. Stroop Road, Kettering, Ohio, with visitation from 1-2. Masonic service will begin at 2. Interment will be at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to UConn Foundation Inc., 2390 Alumni Drive, Unit 3206, Storrs, CT 06269 with note: University of Connecticut School of Engineering Dean’s Fund — “Hawkins Gift” or to AF Museum Foundation, Inc., Development Office, PO Box 1903, WPAFB, OH 45433 with note: honoring Stu Hawkins.
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