Tributes to St Albans doctor

Dr Warren Hawkins, who co-founded Harvey Group Practice in St Albans, has died.

Dr Warren Hawkins, who co-founded Harvey Group Practice in St Albans, has died. - Credit: Photo supplied

A much-respected St Albans doctor who co-founded a local surgery has died after a short illness.

Tributes have been paid to Dr Warren Hawkins, who passed away peacefully last Friday, aged 88, at St Richard’s Hospital in Chichester.

His family said that Dr Hawkins was born and grew up in Brisbane, Australia.

He was keen on a career in aviation, but following the loss of his elder brother, a Wellington pilot with Bomber Command, his parents asked him to reconsider his future path.

This prompted him to pursue medicine instead.

Dr Hawkins and his wife Margaret settled in St Albans in 1962, where he was a GP until his retirement in 1987.

He was initially a partner with Dr Shute and colleagues in Upper Marlborough Road, before he co-founded Harvey Group Practice, Russell Avenue, with Drs Latham, Gorton and Panting.

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Away from the practice, Dr Hawkins conducted weekly rheumatology clinics at St Albans Hospital.

Upon his retirement he and his wife moved to near Chichester in West Sussex.

He leaves his wife of 59 years, three sons, Richard, Philip and John Ross, and four grandchildren.

His funeral will be held at Chichester Crematorium at 3.30pm on Thursday, April 17.

Donations are invited to the RNLI.

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