In Memoriam - Murray Free Hawkins Jr.

Murray Free Hawkins Jr., SPE, died 7 March 2013. He was 95. Hawkins is survived by his wife of 70 years—Julia Welles Hawkins—and his four children. He received a BS degree in chemistry and an MS degree in physics, both from Louisiana State University (LSU). He worked for the Carter Oil Company research laboratories before serving in the South Pacific as an officer in the US Navy during World War II. After the war, he joined Ethyl Corporation’s research and development department. Hawkins joined the LSU department of petroleum engineering in 1946, where he served as a professor of petroleum engineering. In 1964, he became department head, in which role he continued until he retired in 1977 as professor emeritus. In 1998, alumni were instrumental in having the department he helped develop named the “Craft and Hawkins Department of Petroleum Engineering.” Hawkins also served as director of the LSU Geology Camp in Colorado for many years.

A member of many professional and honorary organizations and the author of numerous technical publications, Hawkins’ best known work is Applied Petroleum Reservoir Engineering, a textbook he coauthored with B.C. Craft Sr. This text has been continuously in print and widely used throughout the world for more than 50 years. It has been translated into many languages, including Spanish, Russian, and Chinese. Hawkins served on numerous boards and commissions and was the recipient of many awards and honors, including the Halliburton Award for Teaching Excellence; the 1976 Mineral Industry Education Medal; the 1979 John Franklin Carll Award; and the 1980 Lester C. Uren Award. He was named an LSU Alumni Distinguished Faculty Fellow, the LSU Foundation Campanile Charities Professor, and an SPE Distinguished Member, and was inducted into the LSU Engineering Hall of Distinction in 1985.


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