1966 Horatio Alger Award Winner
"The best formula for success is hard work and, to some degree, timing."
Robert Hawkinson was born in Chicago in 1920. His father was an automobile upholsterer and as this trade diminished he tried farming. During this period, Hawkinson began school in a one-room country school in Michigan. In his teens, back in Chicago, he earned money working as a delivery boy and gas-station attendant. In college, he worked as a laborer, order picker, and on an assembly line. When World War II started, he entered the Army Air Corps and rose to the rank of captain. He flew 80 combat missions in Europe. In 1945, he started at Belden Manufacturing Corporation as a junior engineer and continued his formal education at night. Nine years later, he completed the University of Chicago Executive Program, a two-year postgraduate course leading to an MBA. In 1963, Hawkinson became president of Belden.* Deceased