(March 11, 1951 – January 7, 2022)
She was a member of Vanguard and hosted its monthly meetings for years.
She was a founder of Norwescon and chaired or co-chaired Potlatch 3, Potlatch 11 and Potlatch 24, and was part of the Corflu 5 and Corflu 17 committees. She was on the Seattle in 1981 Worldcon bid committee and worked on Noreascon 3, the 1989 Worldcon in Boston. She worked on Wiscon.
A native of Davenport, Iowa, Hawkins was a mathematician, engineer and computer programmer. She was part of the first group of female engineering students admitted to Case Western Reserve University. She was married, for a few years, to Luke McGuff, beginning in 1989.
In September 2019, she was diagnosed with Stage 4 mantle cell lymphoma and the next January with lung cancer. She underwent treatment for both and had a brief remission, but her cancer became active again in February 2021. On November 17, 2021, she announced on Facebook that she planned to forgo further treatment, to go into hospice care and to choose her time to die under Washington State’s Death With Dignity Act, saying, “I have decided to start the process of letting go.”
On January 6, 2022, she wrote of her suicide plan: “I plan to take the medication around 6pm Friday, tomorrow.... Bluntly put, I just don’t want to be doing this anymore.... I am grateful I will be able to go as I have wished.”
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