The University Record, September 24, 1996

OBITUARY --- Samuel P. Hicks 

Samuel P. Hicks, professor emeritus of pathology, died Sept. 2 at University Hospital. His career at the University spanned 22 years.

Hicks earned his A.B. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1936 and his M.D. in 1940, also from the University of Pennsylvania. He interned at Cornell University and at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, N.Y. In 1942, he joined the U.S. Navy Medical Corps. In 1942-1943, he trained in Navy pathology at the Lahey Clinic, New England Deaconess Hospital. He was the pathologist at the Navy base hospital in Hollandia, New Guinea in 1944-1945. Hicks served as head of the Department of Pathology at the National Navy Medical Center and Naval Medical School in Bethesda, Md., in 1946-47. He was certified by the American Board of Pathology in Anatomic Pathology in 1946 and in neuropathology in 1960.

After completing his training and service duties, Hicks was associate professor of pathology at the Georgetown University Medical School in Washington, D.C. He also was a consultant in neuropathology at the National Naval Medical Center. In 1948 he accepted an appointment at New England Deaconess Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston, as associate professor. He was appointed pathologist-in-chief of the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital in Boston for one year.

In 1952, Hicks was the first recipient of the Max Weinstein Award for Outstanding Achievement in the field of cerebral palsy. In 1994, he received an award from the members of the American Association of Neuropathologists for his dedication and contributions to neuropathology.

Hicks joined the Department of Pathology in 1962 as professor of pathology, becoming director of the Neuropathology Service. In addition to his administrative duties, Hicks taught neuropathology and was an active researcher who had consistently obtained National Institute of Health grants. He served on U. S. Public Health Service Study Sections and on numerous committees of the National Academy of Sciences. Hicks continued to be active in resident training after his retirement in 1984.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Louise; two sons, Michael G. of Ann Arbor and John T. of Alexandria, Va.; two granddaughters, Julie and Melissa; and a sister, Jackie Van Doren of New Jersey.

Memorial contributions may be sent to the Department of Pathology, University of Michigan Medical Center, Ann Arbor, Mich., 48109, for use in resident training in neuropathology.