Anna L. Rose Hawkes, 88, president of the American Association of University Women from 1955 to 1963, died Thursday at The Green Home in Wellsboro, Pa., where she had lived since 1974.

In the 1920s, she was a registrar, professor of education and dean of women at George Washington University.

Before her election as AAUW president, Dr. Hawkes was dean of students at Mills College in Oakland, Calif., for 10 years. At the conclusion of her AAUW presidency, she became acting dean of students at Cottey College in Nevada, Mo., retiring in 1965.

Dr. Hawkes was an early advocate of the advancement of women in all areas.

"The number of women in positions of leadership in this country, either appointed or elected, is ridiculously low. And that goes for the government, the universities, business and just about every other organization," she said, during the diamond jubilee of AAUW in 1957. She called it one of the main challenges facing this country in the next 25 years.

She firmly supported the exchange of foreign students and served for seven years on the U.S. Advisory Commission on Educational Exchange, traveling around the world in 1956 to study programs in other countries.

Dr. Hawkes was a presidential appointee to the U.S. delegation to the 1958 UNESCO general conference in U.S. Commission for UNESCO during 1963-65.

She served on the Advisory Council on Employment Security for the Labor Department, the national board of the YWCA and the board of trustees of Finch Junior College in New York.

She was a former president of the National Association of Deans of Women and secretary of the American College Personnel Association.

Dr. Hawkes was born in Mansfield, Pa. She earned bachelor's and master's degrees from George Washington University and a doctorate from Teachers College of Columbia university.

She was the widow of Dr. Herbert E. Hawkes, dean of Columbia College of Columbia University, with whom she wrote a book, "Through a Dean's Open Door." She also published other books and articles.

It is suggested that expressions of sympathy may be in the form of contributions to the Anna L. Rose Hawkes Endowed Fellowships, AAUW Educational Foundation.