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David Hawkins

Biographical information

TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexMale
Full nameDavid Frederick•Hawkins
Used nameDavid•Hawkins
Born13 December 1933 in Manly, New South Wales (AUS)
Died5 November 2020 in Boston, Massachusetts (USA)
Affiliations?, New South Wales, (AUS)
NOC Australia

Biography

Primarily a breaststroke swimmer, David Hawkins competed at the 1952 Helsinki Olympics but failed to make the final of the 200 metre breaststroke. He won three gold medals at the British Empire and Commonwealth Games, winning the 1950 220 yd breaststroke, and the 4x220 yd freestyle and the 3x100 yard medley relays in 1954. He also won the Australian title in the 220 yard breaststroke in 1951-52.

Hawkins attended Harvard College in the United States and won two AAU Championships, the 1953 indoor 100 yard breaststroke, and the 1953 outdoor 220 yard breaststroke. He was also NCAA Champion in the 200 yard butterfly/breaststroke in 1954. Hawkins was the first Harvard swimmer to earn four letters, and was inducted into the Harvard Varsity Club Swimming Hall of Fame in 1980.

Hawkins attended Harvard Business School after his college graduation. He joined the Harvard Business School faculty and became a tenured professor in 1970, as the fourth Lovett-Learned Professor of Business Administration. Hawkins served as a consultant to Drexel Burnham Lambert from 1972-90 and for Merrill Lynch from 1990-2003. He was also a member of the Financial Accounting Standards Board Advisory Committee and several FASB Task Forces. He and his wife formed Aerion Resources Corporation and provided accounting and financial consulting to several Fortune 100 companies, and served as expert witnesses in corporate accounting cases.

In 2010 Hawkins was awarded an Australian Sports Medal for his swimming achievements. In 2015 he retired from the Harvard Business School faculty as the Lovett-Learned Professor of Business Administration, Emeritus.

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1952 Summer Olympics Swimming (Aquatics) AUS David Hawkins
200 metres Breaststroke, Men (Olympic) 10

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