Colin Hawkins, 1937-2016
10 February 2017
Colin Hawkins, former Superintendent of the Physiology department, died on 13 December 2016. His colleague Debbie Martin offers a tribute.
Colin joined the university in 1953 at the age of 15 as a junior laboratory technician in the animal physiology laboratories. He worked there until called for National Service at the age of 17. He returned from serving with the Glosters in Aidan and Cyprus to the University to resume his job.
In the early 60’s the new Medical School was opened and Colin moved across to the new combined animal & human physiology laboratory. Colin was soon promoted to run the lab and manage the team of technicians ensuring student practical classes were run well. On the retirement of Stan Roberts, Colin took over as the Superintendent of the Physiology department. He remained in the post until his retirement in 1995.
Colin was a no-nonsense man, who told it how it was. He liked to get things done and would turn his hand to anything practical. Colin had an instant wit and could put anyone in their place or diffuse a difficult situation with ease.
In his retirement, Colin was a regular at Chipping Sodbury golf club. He was still a regular visitor to the University up until his brain tumours were diagnosed last summer. His visits will be missed by all of us who worked with him.
The funeral at Westerleigh Crematorium was very well attended. The Chapel was filled to capacity with members of the golf club and past and present members of the University.