KEMPER HALL OF FAME

Charles E Hawkes

“A teacher assists the student to discover and develop his capacities.” 

Charles “Charlie” Hawkes was a humble, loving mentor who found a home at Kemper Military School.  Hawkes joined the faculty of Kemper in 1957 teaching beginning and advanced algebra. Born in Kansas, Hawkes attended Fort Hays High School and Fort Hays College where he earned degrees in mathemeatics and education in 1927. He earned his MA degree from Columbia University in 1930. Hawkes completed a successful career in edcuation rising to the position of superintendent of the Salina, Kansas school district. He joined the US Army Air Corps in 1942 serving in the South Atalntic and Carribean until his discharge in 1945 with the rank of major.

In 1956 Hawkes moved his family to Boonville and opened a ready-to-wear store and, in that same year, he accepted a part time temporary teaching position at Kemper Military School which soon eveolved into full time duties.

Hawkes loved mentoring and teaching, reaching out and tutoring. His greatest joy was in teaching young people to grasp the ancient formulas of aglebra and to see them become joyful at grsping the concepts. In the very least Hawkes helped countless young people pass algebra and get on with their studies. Hawkes was down to earth and huorous.

“Sadly missed by the Kemper Military School Corps of Cadets and faculty.”