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Paleontology students benefit from extensive fossil donation

Posted: Aug 15, 2012

Dr. Reams with Hawkins fossil collection
“The collection is so well preserved and has been kept in very good condition," says Dr. Max Reams, pictured above.
Rev. Ray J. Hawkins ’49 of Pueblo, Colo. has fulfilled a lifelong dream by donating his extensive fossil collection to the Department of Physical Sciences at Olivet.

A World War II veteran, Rev. Hawkins served as a Nazarene pastor in Kansas and Colorado for his entire career. In his spare time, he hunted and collected fossils —both vertebrates and invertebrates — and gave “rock talks” to countless classes of schoolchildren over the years.

“This collection represents years of family memories, but I want it to continue to be used for education,” Hawkins says. “My dream is that my collection might be used by a new generation of Olivet students.”

Plans to incorporate the fossils into this year’s paleontology curriculum are already underway, according to Dr. Max Reams, chair of the Department of Physical Sciences and geology professor. He adds, “This collection represents a lifetime of attention to the wonderful world of the past.”

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