We are sorry to inform those of you who haven’t yet heard of the passing of one of our distinguished alumni, Brother Robert “Bobby” Charles Hicks ’50, in 2018. Though Brother Robert is now passed, his DU legacy lives on. We’d like to thank his daughter, Melissa Hicks, for making a $1000 gift to the chapter in his honorable name. About her father, Melissa says, “My dad was a pretty darn awesome human; he was truly a representative of the Greatest Generation, with a true belief in brotherhood.” 

Robert’s Obituary: 

Respected football coach and mentor Robert Charles Hicks ’50, 91, died at home in Newport Beach, Calif., on Saturday, April 7, 2018, with his loving wife of 66 years, daughter and doting LivHome assistants at his bedside. 

Born on April 4, 1927, in Lancaster, Pa., "Bobby" graduated from McCaskey High School in 1944. He was a three-sport athlete, co-captain of the football team, as well as president of the Student Council. He received a scholarship to Penn State and played football his freshman year. When he turned 18, Bob left Penn State to enlist in the U.S. Army, serving in Germany during the occupation until October 1946. Bobby returned to college in 1947, playing on the now famous 1947 Cotton Bowl football team, co-captaining the Penn State football team in 1949, joining Delta Upsilon fraternity, Skull and Bones and Parmi Nous. 

He began his career as asst. football coach at Albright College (Pa.). In 1954, he became head coach at Juniata (Pa.), then DePauw (Ind.), University of Detroit (Mich.) and in 1962 as head football coach, professor and department head at Wagner College, (N.Y.) until his retirement in 1977. His 26-year career included four undefeated teams (Juniata '54 and '55, Wagner '64 and '67), culminating with induction into the Pennsylvania State Athletic Hall of Fame, Susquehanna Chapter. 

Subsequently, he served as Cranford Township (N.J.) Director of Pools for 10 years, maintaining facilities that were utilized for community recreation as well as state-wide JOs and setting up a workout facility at a time when exercise was not yet in vogue. 

Having attended high school at time of war, he developed a strong sense of personal responsibility and an understanding of the importance of our human interdependence. He always strived to "do better," to gather people together, often from diverse backgrounds, to achieve more than they could alone. This is what made him a great coach and mentor. His unwavering belief that young men and women can rise above their singular situation to bring about great outcomes is why two annual memorial Leadership Scholarships have been created in his name at McCaskey High School. 

He is survived by his wife, June Reinhard Hicks, daughter, Melissa Hicks, and son-in-law, Thomas McCormack, of Newport Beach, Calif.; grandsons, Peter McCormack, San Francisco, Calif., and Andrew McCormack, New York City. He was interned at Arlington National Cemetery. 

If you wish to honor Brother Bobby’s memory, donations can be made to the Robert C. Hicks Leadership Scholarships online at lancastereducation.com (add "Hicks" in the special instructions link) or by check to Lancaster Education Foundation 1020 Lehigh Ave., Lancaster, Pa. 17602 (include "Hicks" in memo section). 

Rest in peace, Bobby. 

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