1972 - Marion Hawkins

Marion HawkinsDr. Marion Hawkins, professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, is the first person to receive both the Distinguished Alumnus and the Distinguished Teacher Awards. And she received them both in one year.

A 1938 graduate of UWRF, Dr. Hawkins taught English and speech at high schools in New Richmond and Monroe and at Pulaski High School in Milwaukee before joining the staff of her alma mater in 1946.

"Personal interest in her students" and "outstanding dedication" as well as "knowledge and enthusiasm" were some of the qualities mentioned by her students, past and present.