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Full Text of SR0009  100th General Assembly




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2    WHEREAS, The members of the Illinois Senate are saddened to
3learn of the death of Leonard E. Hawthorne of Alton, who passed
4away on December 21, 2016; and
5    WHEREAS, Leonard Hawthorne was born in Doddsville,
6Mississippi to Jessie L. and Hugh H. Hawthorne on November 11,
71945; he grew up in East St. Louis and graduated from Lincoln
8High School; he served in the United States Army and earned his
9Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Business Education
10and his certification in education administration from
11Southern Illinois University Edwardsville; he married Birdia
12Ruth Woods in 1971 and they settled in Alton; and
13    WHEREAS, Leonard Hawthorne began his 32-year career as an
14educator in Alton Community Unit School District 11; he taught
15business subjects at Alton High School and the J.B. Johnson
16Career Development Center; he was a teacher-coordinator for the
17Distributive Education work-study program, assistant principal
18at West Junior High School and Alton High School, principal at
19Lewis & Clark Elementary School, and Title I and Special
20Services Administrator; he retired in 2003; and
21    WHEREAS, Leonard Hawthorne developed, tested, and taught a
22financial literacy course to Alton High School students, where



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1he stressed the importance of avoiding the common pitfalls
2students encounter upon graduating; and
3    WHEREAS, Leonard Hawthorne was involved with several
4professional organizations, including the National and State
5Education Association, the National and State Business
6Education Association, the National Association of Secondary
7School Principals, and the Illinois Principals Association; he
8twice received the "Those Who Excel Meritorious Service Award"
9from the Illinois State Board of Education, once as Alton High
10School assistant principal, and again as district level
11administrator; and
12    WHEREAS, Leonard Hawthorne was involved with 100 Black Men
13of Alton and 100 Black Men Youth 100 W.A.Y.S. Financial
14Literacy Project; he was also involved with the United Way of
15Southwest Illinois, the Elijah P. Lovejoy Memorial, and the
16Madison County Urban League Board and Guild, where he served as
17Board Chairman; and
18    WHEREAS, Leonard Hawthorne was a lifelong member of Pilgrim
19Rest Missionary Baptist Church, serving for over 40 years as
20Trustee Board Secretary and Finance Committee Chairman; he was
21a Life Member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity and the NAACP; and
22    WHEREAS, Leonard Hawthorne made a difference in the school



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1district and his community; and
2    WHEREAS, Leonard Hawthorne was preceded in death by his
3wife, Birdia; his parents; his brother, John T. Hawthorne; and
4his sister, Molly Hawthorne (Patton) Robertson; and
5    WHEREAS, Leonard Hawthorne is survived by his daughter,
6Melia L. Hawthorne; his son, Antoine (Rebecca) Lawrence; his
7sister, Ruth H. Clark; his brothers, James (Ruth Ann)
8Hawthorne, and Hugh H. Hawthorne, Jr.; his mother-in-law, Lovie
9Woods; his sister-in-law, W. Earnestine Everage; his
10brother-in-law, Gary D. Woods; his godson, Dirk Johnson, MD;
11his special friend, Joan Riggs; and a host of nephews, nieces,
12cousins, and friends; therefore, be it
14ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, that we mourn the passing of
15Leonard E. Hawthorne, and extend our sincere condolences to his
16family, friends, and all who knew and loved him; and be it
18    RESOLVED, That a suitable copy of this resolution be
19presented to the family of Leonard Hawthorne as an expression
20of our deepest sympathy.