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In Memoriam: William Hawkinson

February 27, 2015
William Hawkinson, whose Oak Lawn dealership in 1991 won the designation as the No. 1 volume Ford dealership in the U.S., died suddenly Feb. 2 at the age of 64.
After earning engineering degrees at Purdue University, he went to work for the family business, Hawkinson Ford Co., eventually becoming president and chief executive. The dealership was named a Top 100 Ford Dealer more than 30 consecutive years.
 
Mr. Hawkinson was named a finalist in 2001 for the Time Magazine Quality Dealer Award, which recognizes new-car dealers for exceptional performance in their business coupled with distinguished community service. 
 
He established the Hawkinson Family Foundation for School District 123; contributed to his high school alma mater, St. Ignatius; supported the Boy Scouts of America; and held leadership positions at Advocate Christ Hospital and Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where, in addition to serving as a council member, he was integral in establishing Hope Children’s Hospital, raising more than $2 million in donations.
 
Mr. Hawkinson also served as a board member and treasurer for a variety of business organizations, including the National Ford Dealer Council, the Chicago Ford Dealers’ Advertising Fund, and the Chicago Automobile Trade Association; and as a council member and occasional adjunct professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Family Business School.
 
Survivors include Fredrica, his wife of 41 years; son Jeffrey; daughters April and Erica; and four grandchildren. Memorials appreciated to St. Ignatius College Prep, (312) 421-5900.
 
 

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