Longtime chemistry professor passes away
July 30, 2014
Patrick Mills “P.M.” Hicks,
who served as a Professor of Chemistry and Physics at the college for 40 years,
passed away Tuesday.
A native of Lincoln, Ala., Hicks received his bachelor of
science and master of science degrees from Auburn University. He joined the
LaGrange College faculty in 1958 and taught until his retirement in 1998.
“He and A.M. Hicks were both legendary chemistry and science teachers here when I started teaching,” said Dr. Sue Duttera, former Department Chair. “They were such a team.
“P.M. loved his students. The college was his family.”
In 1986, he was a visiting lecturer in chemistry at the
University of Georgia.
Hicks was a member of the American Chemical Society, Phi
Lambda Upsilon (national chemistry honor society), and Sigma Xi (national
science research honor society).
He served as a Scoutmaster for the Boy Scouts of America for
many years in LaGrange, and received the Silver Beaver Award in 1974.
Hicks was a certified lay speaker and a member of Unity
United Methodist Church in LaGrange.
Visitation will be held from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Thursday at
Higgins LaGrange Chapel Funeral Home, 100 Corporate Plaza Drive. The
funeral will follow.