Bob Hawkins, Harvest House Founder, Dies at 87
R.H. “Bob” Hawkins, Sr., the visionary founder of Harvest House Publishers went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2010. He was 87 and died following a long battle with Parkinson’s disease.
Hawkins worked for Tyndale House and was instrumental in launching the careers of James Dobson and Tim LaHaye, and was often credited with being the marketing person who made The Living Bible the success it was.
In the 1970’s Hawkins noticed that very few Christian books were being produced to meet the real needs and hurts of “the masses.” So in 1974 he founded Harvest House Publishers in Irvine, CA, working out of his garage and a small office. Within two years, four Harvest House titles had sold more than 100,000 copies, and then the company landed a number one bestseller.
Hawkins moved the company to Eugene, OR, in 1981 because of the quality of life he envisioned it would offer for his employees and their families. The company has since grown to be among the top 10 largest Christian publishing companies in the world, producing high-quality and affordable books, Bibles, and other products. In 1991, at the age of 69, Hawkins turned over the reins of the company presidency to his son, Bob Hawkins, Jr.
Hawkins received the Lifetime Achievement award from the Evangelical Christian Publishing Association (ECPA) and the Life Impact Award from the Christian Booksellers Association (CBA). He was instrumental in the establishment of ECPA, and served several terms on its board and as its president from 1985-1986.
Posted Feb 11, 2010