Elizabeth Hawkins Wilson H’89

Elizabeth Hawkins Wilson H’89, who received an honorary master of arts degree from Bowdoin in 1989, died on March 25, 2004, in Brunswick, Maine.

Born in New York City on August 13, 1905, she prepared for college at the Kimberly School in Montclair, NJ, received an associate bachelor’s degree from Smith College in 1927, and earned a bachelor of science degree from the Yale University School of Nursing. In 1931, she married Dr. Clement S. Wilson of the Class of 1927 and moved with him to Brunswick, where she remained for the rest of her life. After her husband died in 1948, she was a nurse at the Dudley Coe Infirmary at the College for some years and also held other positions in nursing in Maine, including with the Maine State Public Health Nursing Department and as assistant director of nursing at Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston. She retired at the age of 79. For more than 50 years she rented rooms to Bowdoin students at her home on Federal Street. For many years she audited classes at Bowdoin and attended lectures, concerts, and plays at the College. The citation in June of 1989, when she received an honorary master of arts degree at the Farley Field House, said, in part, “… you are a friend to more than 200 students who have shared your Federal Street home over the years…. You are the quintessential student and a generous friend and supporter of this College.” She is survived by a son, Clement S. Wilson ’57 of Brunswick; two daughters, Julia W. Stevens of Harpswell and Mary W. Carpenter of Newton, MA; a sister, Julia H. Miller of Easton, MD; a brother, Franklin Hawkins, also of Easton; 11 grandchildren, including David H. Wilson ’84 and Deborah W. Carpenter ’83; and 18 great-grandchildren.