TROY, Ala.—Flags will fly at half-staff across Troy University and the City of Troy beginning Saturday to mark the passing of Dr. R. Douglas Hawkins, who practiced veterinary medicine in Troy for 55 years and served on the Troy University Board of Trustees for 35 years.
Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Chancellor of Troy University, and Jason Reeves, Mayor of Troy, praised Dr. Doug Hawkins for his leadership in University and civic affairs. Dr. Doug Hawkins died Saturday, September 5, in Montgomery due to complications following open-heart surgery.
“We stand on the shoulders of giants at TROY and foremost among these giants was Dr. Doug Hawkins. With his passing we have lost one of the best friends and most loyal supporters a University could have,” Chancellor Hawkins said. “Many of the major initiatives of the University over the last 35 years, from our first doctoral programs, to Division I athletics, to the internationalization of the University benefited from his vision and whole-hearted support. Most significantly, Dr. Doug was the driving force behind the creation of Greek System at TROY.”
“On a personal level, I have lost a valued colleague and friend. His support on the Board of Trustees was invaluable, and I always knew where I stood with Dr. Doug. He was a true Trojan!”
Mayor Reeves also cited Dr. Doug Hawkins for his many contributions to the City and the University.
“The Troy community has lost a dear friend and man who made immeasurable contributions to the betterment of the city he was proud to call home,” Mayor Reeves said. “Through his devoted service to Troy University, in his 35 years as a trustee, he helped transform the University and the community into what we have become, impacting thousands of lives for the better. His legacy will be felt as long as Troy remains. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his devoted family along with gratitude for sharing him with all of us. He is simply irreplaceable.”
State Sen. Gerald Dial, who succeeded Dr. Doug Hawkins as President Pro Tempore on the Board of Trustees, praised Dr. Hawkins’ as a valuable trustee and colleague.
“Dr. Doug was the longest-serving Trustee in the history of our board and his influence was felt in all areas of the University. No one loved Troy University more than Dr. Doug Hawkins. His passing leaves a huge leadership void on our Board.”
Dr. Doug Hawkins was a strong supporter of Troy University athletics, and the Trojans’ football team will wear special “Dr. Doug” helmet stickers for this evening’s game against North Carolina State in Raleigh as a tribute.
Dr. Doug Hawkins was appointed to the Board of Trustees at Troy University in 1980, serving as president pro tempore from 1995 until 2011. He was active in civic life, as a charter member of the Troy Jaycees and as a Rotarian for almost 55 years. Dr. Doug Hawkins was a member of First Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon. Founder of the Pi Kappa Phi Chapter at TROY, he was named Greek Man of the Year in 1969 and was named Honorary Alumnus of the Year in 1996. In 2013, he wrote “Turning Points” a history of Troy University. The tower at Veterans Memorial Stadium that houses the press box, the suites and the athletic training facilities bears his name.