Alfred Hawkes, a prominent environmentalist in Rhode Island who has been described as the "environmental conscience of Rhode Island for decades," passed away Thursday at the age of 90.
Hawkes began his advocacy as an educator in the 1950s. From 1958 to 1993, he served as the executive director of the Audubon Society of Rhode Island, a bird conservation group, and has been given credit by the organization for making it into what it is today.
During his time there, Hawkes fought for land conservation and state regulations on pesticides and water pollution.
He also founded the Environment Council of Rhode Island in the 1970s to unify the voice of the environmental community.
Hawkes has received numerous honors and awards for his work, including honorary doctorates from Brown University, Rhode Island College and the University of Rhode Island.
A Mass will be held Monday at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in North Scituate. The burial will be private.