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“Carl invited me to visit BYU in 1980. I knew him from Michigan. He was one of the truly outstanding individuals I was privileged to know. I, and the...Read More »
1 of 23 | Posted by: Bradford Stone - Ann Arbor, MI

“Prof. Hawkins was an inspiration. He carefully explained things. He was always so kind. I was glad that I was able to be in his Torts class in 1977...Read More »
2 of 23 | Posted by: Jill Taylor - UT - student

“Grandpa was an amazing man, more influential and wonderful than i even knew. I love him so very much and can't wait to see him again. ”
3 of 23 | Posted by: Grace hawkins - Scotts Mills, OR

“I owe so very much to Carl. Carl served as Dean for two of my years at BYU. After practicing for four years, I had the strongest feeling that I...Read More »
4 of 23 | Posted by: Rodney K. Smith - Buena Vista, VA

“Brother Hawkins served in the stake presidency with my father, Edwin Jones, in Michigan when I was a child. I remember feeling then that he was a...Read More »
5 of 23 | Posted by: Gaye Jones Willis - Juneau, AK

“I was so sorry to hear of Carl's sudden passing. Thank you for sharing Carl and Nelma with our Summerfield family during this chapter in their lives...Read More »
6 of 23 | Posted by: Chris Schaefer - Highland, UT

“Carl was my mentor early in my career as a law professor. There are few people I have respected more. He epitomized warmth, intelligence and humility...Read More »
7 of 23 | Posted by: Grant S. Nelson - Playa Del Rey, CA

“I was privileged to take a torts class taught by Carl Hawkins in 1983. He is a wonderful, insightful man, a top-notch teacher. ”
8 of 23 | Posted by: Kurt Faux - Henderson, NV

“Dear Brent, Susan and Family, We rejoice with you in our te stimonies that life is eternal. We send you our love and sympathy in this momentary...Read More »
9 of 23 | Posted by: Dr. Willis D. Waite - ID

“Jody, Robert and family, You will be in the prayers and thoughts of Mike and I. We miss you and wish we could be there in person to love you but...Read More »
10 of 23 | Posted by: Emily Tobey - TX

“Carl is my father's cousin and I enjoyed his kindness, counsel and leadership while I was a student at BYU's law school from 1983 to 1986. He is a...Read More »
11 of 23 | Posted by: Kevin R. Stolworthy - Las Vegas, NV

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12 of 23 | Posted by: Tommy and Lillian Tobey - TX

“To The Family, Professor Hawkins stands in my memory as a good man and an outstanding law professor. I have no doubt that Professor and Mrs....Read More »
13 of 23 | Posted by: Joseph Long - Ely, NV

“I always enjoyed Professor Hawkins' wit, keen mind and good soul. May he be reaping the benefits of a life lived well. Adiue, my good professor,...Read More »
14 of 23 | Posted by: Jeff Whitehead - Henderson, NV

“May warm and cherished memories of your Dad bring you comfort and peace. Our deepest sympathy, the Ladies of The International Women's Board of the...Read More »
15 of 23 | Posted by: International Women's Board - TX

“Jody: I hope you find comfort in surrounding yourself with friends and family during this grieving period in your life. I am with you in spirit (as...Read More »
16 of 23 | Posted by: Mara Mack Kennedy - VA

“Dear Cousins, Barbara and I would like to send to you our sadness that Uncle Carl has passed away. Can you imagine the reunion of Aunt Nelma and...Read More »
17 of 23 | Posted by: Craig & Barbara Allred - UT

“I worked with Carl for years at the J. Reuben Clark Law School. The personal value I loved about Carl was that he was so respectful of others....Read More »
18 of 23 | Posted by: Nancy Hamberlin - Springville, UT

“The loss of such a loving, compassionate and wise soul is suffered by those left behind, even us strangers who only know him through his family. I...Read More »
19 of 23 | Posted by: Carol Rausch - McAllen, TX

“Jody, we were so sorry to hear about your father's passing. We were privileged to meet him and know how much he meant to his family and community. ”
20 of 23 | Posted by: Sarah Riehm - Richardson, TX

“Carl was a wonderful friend and neighbor. He was a special man, loved, respected and revered by all who had the privilege to know him. He gave us...Read More »
21 of 23 | Posted by: Clark and Nora Bishop - Orem, UT

“Carl was one of the truly great law professors. He had warmth, insight, and humility, while at the same time being truly brillant. His judgment was...Read More »
22 of 23 | Posted by: Dale Whitman - Hong Kong

“We will sorely miss Uncle Carl - his wit, wisdom, insight, character and friendship - until we meet again. ”
23 of 23 | Posted by: Robert & Nancy (Hawkins) Drabicki - NV


On April 25, 2010, Carl S. Hawkins was called home to spend eternity with his beloved Nelma after a lifetime of service to his family, Church, and profession. He passed away in his home after a short illness. Born April 3, 1926, the second child of Willard Davis Hawkins and Wilma Stolworthy Hawkins, Carl grew up in Provo and attended Maeser Elementary School, Farrer Junior High, and Provo High School. He served as a radio operator in the Army Air Corps, stationed in the Pacific theater of operations, in World War II. On September 11, 1946, Carl married his high school sweetheart, Nelma Jean Jones, in the Salt Lake Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She supported him while he pursued his education, as well as in their family life and his Church and professional activities, for the remainder of her life, until she died in July 2009. Carl attended Brigham Young University as a political science major, earning a B.A. degree in 1948. He earned an LL.B. degree with honors from Northwestern University Law School in 1951, where he was elected to the Order of the Coif and served as editor-in chief of the Illinois Law Review, now the Northwestern University Law Review. He also received the Wigmore Award for reflecting outstanding credit on his law school and did postgraduate work in 1951 as the Harry A. Bigelow Teaching Fellow at the University of Chicago Law School, working in their legal drafting program. In 1951 52, Carl was an associate of the firm of Wilkinson, Boyden & Cragun, in Washington, D.C., and in 1952 53 was law clerk to Chief Justice Fred M. Vinson of the U.S. Supreme Court. In 1953 57, he was a partner in Wilkinson, Cragun, Barker & Hawkins, in Washington. Carl was instrumental in the firm's successful representation of several Indian tribes in claims against the U. S. government. In 1957, Carl accepted a position as a professor at the University of Michigan Law School, where he was a popular and dedicated teacher and scholar. He also contributed to the creation of many bills before the Michigan legislature and served as executive secretary of the Michigan Law Revision Commission, chairman of the Civil Procedure Committee of the Michigan state bar association, and reporter of the Michigan Supreme Court Committee on Standard Jury Instructions. He was co-author of a six-volume work on rules of procedure for Michigan courts and also co-author of two torts casebooks. Carl accepted a position as one of the founding professors of the J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University in 1973, where he taught until his retirement in 1991. The importance of Carl's faculty appointment to the law school was predicted by Dean Willard Pedrick of the Arizona State University College of Law, who told then BYU law school Dean Rex E. Lee during the initial faculty search that Carl's presence on the faculty would give the new law school "instant credibility." When Carl called then BYU President Dallin H. Oaks in 1972 to accept his appointment at the law school, as then Professor Bruce C. Hafen recalled, President Oaks told his colleagues, "I guess the Lord really wants this law school . . . to be a good one. Carl's coming." In addition to his teaching and research responsibilities, Carl served as acting dean and dean of the BYU law school from 1975 77 and 1981 85. During his tenure at BYU, he also had visiting faculty appointments at the law schools of the University of Georgia, Pepperdine University, Washburn University, and the University of New Mexico. He took a two-year leave of absence to serve as executive director of Florida's Academic Task Force for Review of Insurance and Tort Systems, which produced legislation for comprehensive medical malpractice and liability insurance reform in that state. Throughout his career, Carl served as an advisor and mentor to many colleagues and students. Carl also spent many hours in public service. He was a commissioner and vice chair of Utah's Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission and chair of the Attorney General's Utah Administrative Law Advisory Committee, which drafted a comprehensive Administrative Procedure Act in 1987. At the national level, he was a charter member of the National Conference of Bar Examiners' Multi-State Essay Examination Drafting Committee. He also served on the Association of American Law Schools' Accreditation Committee. Carl was appointed by President Carter to the Judge Nominating Commission of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit. While at Michigan and BYU, he published widely in professional journals. He also contributed to the Encyclopedia of Mormonism and in 1999 wrote "The Founding of the J. Reuben Clark Law School." Carl held many positions in the LDS Church, including bishop of the Ann Arbor (Michigan) Ward, counselor to President George Romney of the Detroit Michigan Stake, and president of the Detroit and Dearborn, Michigan, stakes. He served in leadership positions in BYU student stakes and was a member of the Church's evaluation correlation committee for more than eight years. His favorite calling was instructor of the high priests' group. In recent years, Carl served as a stake coordinator for the name extraction program and submitted thousands of names through the volunteer FamilySearch Indexing Program. After he retired, Carl and Nelma enjoyed traveling to visit their children and grandchildren, as well as on cruises and other pleasure trips. Throughout his adult life, Carl enjoyed going with his sons on fishing trips to Canadian locations accessible only by float plane. He read widely and especially enjoyed history books, as well as following BYU football and basketball. Carl has been described by family and friends as wise, compassionate, and a resource to those in need of help, regardless of the reason. He was preceded in death by his wife, Nelma, and a grandson, Seth Nelsen. He is survived by his brothers, Keith Hawkins and Richard Hawkins; a sister, Barbara Allred; his children, T. Brent (Susan) Hawkins. Carla (Brent) Larsen, Alan

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