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11-03-2004

Ralph E. Hawes Jr., Managing Principal Of Hawes & Associates, Retires From Clarkson

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Ralph E. Hawes Jr., managing principal of Hawes & Associates and former executive vice president −Missiles and Electronics of the General Dynamics Corporation, has retired from Clarkson University’s Board of Trustees.

He was first elected to the Clarkson Board of Trustees in 1989, and served as board chair from 1992-97, and served on numerous committees, including academic affairs, informational technology, and research.hawes

Hawes is the managing principal of Hawes & Associates, a management consulting business advising government agencies and aerospace/defense companies on technical, systems and business-related matters. From 1988 until his retirement in 1991, he was executive vice president − Missiles and Electronics of the General Dynamics Corporation.

Hawes earned a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from Clarkson in 1955 and a master’s in engineering in 1969 through the Engineering Executive Program at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

After beginning his career at the Clarke H. Joy Co. in Bay Village, Ohio, he joined General Dynamics in 1956 as an electronics engineer for the Pomona (California) Division. Subsequently, he rose through numerous technical and management positions of increasing responsibility related to advanced systems design, missile guidance system design, program development, and production for tactical missile and electronic systems. In these capacities, he gained national recognition as a pioneer in the design, development and production of tactical missiles using homing guidance techniques, and holds technical patents on several systems.

As executive vice president − Missiles and Electronics, he held senior management responsibility for four General Dynamics divisions with a combined revenue of nearly $2.5 billion and more than 20,000 employees.

His honors include the Clarkson Golden Knight Award, the University’s highest alumni award which he received in 1980; the National Management Association (NMA) Silver Knight of Management Award and Golden Knight of Management Award; and the Boy Scouts of America Good Scout Award.

A founding member of the president's council at California Poly University at Pomona, Hawes has served as a member of the dean’s advisory board at the University of Southern California School of Engineering,  the dean’s council at UCLA, and the Keck Center Advisory Board of Claremont McKenna College.

In 1999, Hawes received an honorary doctor of science degree from Clarkson "for his outstanding leadership of Clarkson's Board of Trustees, and for his success and pioneering accomplishments in defense industry engineering and corporate management.”
[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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