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Collectors of the UNC Herbarium
Information compiled by Carol Ann McCormick,
Curator of the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill Herbarium.

David L. Hawkins
(15 January 1946 – 19 December 2007)


The University of North Carolina Herbarium has catalogued about 300 vascular plant specimens collected by David L. Hawkins.  It is likely that these specimens were collected as part of Mr. Hawkin’s Master’s degree.  The title of his MS thesis was “Vascular plants of Randolph County, Arkansas” (1976, Arkansas State University).  More specimens will be found as our vascular plants continue to be cataloged.   Arkansas State University Herbarium (STAR) also curates specimens collected by Mr. Hawkins. 

NCU’s vascular specimens, including those collected by Mr. Hawkins, can be searched  . 

Obituary and photo (above) from Emerson Funeral Home in Jonesboro, Arkansas:

David [Hawkins] was born January 15, 1946, in Doniphan, Missouri, and lived there until joining the Army where he served for four years followed by four years with the Navy Reserve.  David moved to Jonesboro in 1969 to attend Arkansas State University where he received a BSE [Bachelors in Science Education] and MSE [Masters in Science Education] in Biology.  He was a dedicated and beloved teacher for the Jonesboro School District for thirty-two years.  He taught Physical Science at Douglas MacArthur Junior High and Biology at Jonesboro High School.  David retired from teaching in 2006.  An avid outdoorsman, David owned and operated Tanana Canoes on Spring River for thirteen years.  He also had a passion for Corvette cars.  Survivors include his wife Linda Waire Hawkins of the home; two sisters, Muriel Griggs of Warm Springs, Missouri and Glenna Ellis of Naylor, Missouri; one brother, George Hawkins of Piedmont, Missouri; and numerous nieces and nephews.  David was preceded in death by his parents, Elvin and Fay Hawkins, one brother, Phillip Hawkins and his father-in-law, James J. Waire.  … Burial will be in Providence Cemetery in Judsonia, Arkansas… The family requests that you consider
Crowley’s Ridge Nature Center, 600 E Lawson Road, Jonesboro, Arkansas 72404, as a lasting memorial.1

1.  Emerson Funeral Home.  Obituary  David L. Hawkins.  accessed on 5 March 2018.



University of North Carolina Chapel Hill Herbarium
CB# 3280, Coker Hall
University of North Carolina
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3280
phone: (919) 962-6931


Last Updated: 5 March 2018