Celebration of Life for William “Bill” Hawes set for Tuesday

HawesFaculty, staff and students of the Jack J. Valenti School of Communication with gather Tuesday at 10 a.m. in the Alumni Center at Melcher Hall to commemorate and celebrate the life of William “Bill” Hawes, a beloved professor and endowment donor responsible for the William Hawes Family Scholarship that helps communication majors.

Hawes died in April after dedicating nearly 50 years to the school of communication. He came to UH in 1965 and helped developed UH’s radio, television and film program. He also served as the general manager of KUHF-FM from 1965 to 1969.

Hawes wrote several books on media including “Public Television: America’s First Station, “The Performer in Mass Media: Connecting with Television and Online Audiences,” “Live Television Drama” “Filmed Television Drama,” “American Television Drama” and “Caligula and the Fight for Artistic Freedom.”

“Bill Hawes leaves an incredible legacy with the Valenti School,” associate professor of the Valenti School Beth Olson said in a press release last April. “He was always supportive of the Valenti School, and I appreciate the opportunity I had to work with him. He will be greatly missed.”

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