Carl Stolworthy Hawkins

1926 ~ 2010

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 Family Search 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 (Lisa) Hawkins, Jody (Robert) Nelsen, and Cliff (Lisa) Hawkins; 13 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held Monday, May 3rd, at 11:00 a.m. in the 7th Ward Chapel, Orem Sunset Heights Stake, 1260 South 400 West, with a viewing from 9:30 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. before the services. A visitation will be held Sunday, May 2nd, from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. at the Sundberg-Olpin mortuary, 495 South State Street, Orem. Interment will be in the Orem City Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Carl's name to the J. Reuben Clark Law School at BYU.