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.


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