Cheri J. Hawkins, a former president of the Risk & Insurance Management Society Inc., passed away Dec. 25 at the age of 80 after an extended bout with pneumonia and other diseases.
Ms. Hawkins began her career in risk management in 1971 when she joined Weyerhaeuser Inc. She eventually rose to assistant treasurer and director of insurance before retiring in 1996. In 2000, Business Insurance honored Ms. Hawkins as one of the Leading 100 Women in the insurance industry.
In addition to being the first female president of RIMS, Ms. Hawkins served on several boards of directors, including those of the Vermont Captive Insurance Association and Panol Insurance Co., a subsidiary of the U.S. Olympic Committee, and was also on the board of governors of the Bermuda Risk Exchange Association.
Survivors of Ms. Hawkins include her husband, Gary Baxter, with whom she worked at Weyerhaeuser for decades. The two were avid travelers and made regular business and vacation trips to places such as Hawaii, Bermuda and the Cayman Islands.