BOSTON, Mass. -- Mary Ann Hawkes, a former Board Member and a staunch supporter of CRJ’s work, died peacefully on March 15, 2013 at Sudbury Pines Extended Care Facility in Sudbury, Mass.

Mary was an outstanding person and a source of inspiration for many people.

Mary began her education at the Hartridge School in Plainfield, NJ, graduated from Mt. Holyoke College in 1947, earned a M.A. from the University of Kentucky in 1952 and a Ph.D. in Sociology with a concentration in Criminology from Boston University in 1966. Her first job was as the social service secretary at the Frontier Nursing Service in Wendover, KY (1948-1953).

After teaching criminal justice and sociology at several colleges including Berea, Moravian and Wheelock, she taught at Rhode Island College from 1972 to 1988, where, as Professor in the Sociology Department, she developed an interdisciplinary minor in Criminal Justice and a major in Justice Studies. She said: “My greatest contributions to corrections are my students”. Many of her colleagues, co-workers, friends and family stress how vital her mentoring and support was to their careers. She was a 30+ year board member of the Crime and Justice Foundation and Massachusetts Halfway Houses, Inc. Her support in merging the two organizations was instrumental in the creation of Community Resources for Justice.

“Mary was a champion for women that were incarcerated,” said CRJ’s CEO John Larivee. “Her voice on our board was strong and clear – that CRJ needs to remain committed to effective, proven programs that would support these women during their period of confinement while helping them transition successfully back to their neighborhoods at the completion of their sentence.”

Mary Ann was acknowledged and presented with many awards including: the Distinguished Service Award, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Rhode Island College (1987); the E. R. Cass Correctional Achievement Award from the American Correctional Association, the highest national honor granted by the ACA (1999); and the Volunteers of America, Maud Booth Award “in recognition of your dedicated service and leadership in corrections” (2001).


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To make your donation by mail, please send a check payable to the Community Resources for Justice, Mary Hawkes Memorial Fund at:

Community Resources for Justice
355 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02116