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Hickman, former dean of Business School, dies
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James C. Hickman, 79, dean of the UW-Madison Business School from 1985 to 1990, died Sunday at the Don and Marilyn Anderson HospiceCare Center of liver cancer.

A professor of business and statistics at UW-Madison since 1972, Hickman was dean of the Business School at the time Illinois businessman David Grainger donated $9 million to build what is now Grainger Hall. Following his retirement as dean, Hickman returned to the faculty, retiring in 2002.

Hickman was one of those rare administrators who was considered a friend by virtually everyone. His colleagues say he had the ability to "listen" with respect to people from all walks of life and of expressing true interest in other people's activities.

He loved the outdoors and completed a number of bicycle tours through Nova Scotia, Colorado, Alaska and California. He also enjoyed climbing mountains and worked briefly as a forest ranger before entering academic life.

He and his wife, Margaret, were married in 1952. They have three children, Charles, Cleveland; David, Brainerd, Minn.; and Barbara, Modesto, Calif.

The funeral will be Sept. 23 at 11 a.m. in Covenant Presbyterian Church, 326 S. Segoe Road.


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Hickman, former dean of Business School, dies
WILLIAM R. WINEKE
608-252-6146
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James C. Hickman, 79, dean of the UW-Madison Business School from 1985 to 1990, died Sunday at the Don and Marilyn Anderson HospiceCare Center of liver cancer.

A professor of business and statistics at UW-Madison since 1972, Hickman was dean of the Business School at the time Illinois businessman David Grainger donated $9 million to build what is now Grainger Hall. Following his retirement as dean, Hickman returned to the faculty, retiring in 2002.

Hickman was one of those rare administrators who was considered a friend by virtually everyone. His colleagues say he had the ability to "listen" with respect to people from all walks of life and of expressing true interest in other people's activities.

He loved the outdoors and completed a number of bicycle tours through Nova Scotia, Colorado, Alaska and California. He also enjoyed climbing mountains and worked briefly as a forest ranger before entering academic life.

He and his wife, Margaret, were married in 1952. They have three children, Charles, Cleveland; David, Brainerd, Minn.; and Barbara, Modesto, Calif.

The funeral will be Sept. 23 at 11 a.m. in Covenant Presbyterian Church, 326 S. Segoe Road.


I first met Jim Hickman in 1974 when I was a young actuary with Wisconsin OCI. He was a good friend and an absolutely brilliant actuary. He was, however, genuinely humble. To hear him talk he was just an average Joe but you were special. Hardly. Jim was internationally known and admired.
He was one of the finest people I ever met.

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> MADISON - James C. Hickman, age 79, professor emeritus of business and statistics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and former dean of the School of Business, died on Sunday, Sept. 10, 2006. Dr. Hickman's life was marked by professional and scholarly accomplishment, unstinting service to his community and institution, and love and inspiration for his family. Born in Indianola, Iowa, he graduated from Indianola High School in 1945, earned an undergraduate degree from Simpson College and master's and doctoral degrees in mathematics from the University of Iowa. Later in life, all three institutions honored him with alumni achievement awards. After serving as an actuary for the Principal Group in Des Moines, Dr. Hickman embarked on a career of more than 40 years first as a faculty member at the University of Iowa and, since 1972, as a professor at UW-Madison. Recognized globally as a leader in his academic discipline, he twice received the Society of Actuaries Halmstead Prize for actuarial research, and also co-authored a best selling textbook in actuarial mathematics. As a faculty member, he was renowned for the breadth of his interests and expertise. In his teaching and research, references to philosophers, physicists, explorers, scientists, classical music composers and political figures were typically more frequent than to management experts, and his circle of professional colleagues and personal friends covered individuals from countless intellectual pursuits. On occasion, his classroom lectures were accompanied by musical interludes that ranged from Brahms symphonies to the fight songs of rival Big Ten universities. Dr. Hickman was devoted to the academic traditions of the UW, and as a faculty member and as business dean (from 1985 to 1990) worked tirelessly as a mentor for hundreds of students and faculty, as an effective fund-raiser, as a visionary and planner for the school's new home at Grainger Hall, as a member of numerous UW System and campus governance and advisory committees, and, after "retirement," as a popular speaker for the UW Speakers Bureau on Social Security and pension policy issues. Jim Hickman was a U.S. Air Force veteran and believed passionately in active citizenship and service to the community and nation. He was a member of Congressional advisory committees on Social Security funding, served on multiple corporate boards, on national and local governance bodies of the Presbyterian Church and countless professional, civic and not-for-profit groups. As a board member of Blue Cross and Blue Shield United of Wisconsin, he took particular satisfaction from the decision to convert the organization to a for-profit company, which created proceeds of six hundred million dollars for community health projects and medical education, which were then divided between the University of Wisconsin Medical School and the Medical College of Wisconsin. No paid job gave Jim more pleasure than his work as a fire ranger in Idaho for the U.S. Forest Service during summer vacations during his high school and college years. Love for the outdoors and belief in conservation were lifetime affairs, and-well into his 70s-Dr. Hickman marked important family occasions by leading hikes over 14,000 foot peaks in Colorado, weeklong bicycle tours in locations from Nova Scotia to Puget Sound, whitewater raft trips in remote regions of the west, and on cross-country ski outings throughout his adopted state of Wisconsin. In most instances, companions half his age were prone to wonder how to keep up with Jim's pace, which he attributed to conditioning derived from his lifelong, and four-season, daily custom of riding a bicycle from his home to campus. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Margaret (McKee) of Madison; sons, Charles (Rebecca) of Brecksville, Ohio and Don (Sandra) of Merrifield, Minn.; daughter, Barbara of Modesto, Calif.; four grandchildren; and a great-grandson. Memorial services will be held Saturday, Sept. 23, 2006, at COVENANT PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, 326 S. Segoe Road, Madison, with the Rev. Dr. Steven W. Minnema officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to the Hickman Professorship, care of UW Foundation, 1848 University Ave., Madison, WI 53726, for the UW-Madison Business School, to Covenant Presbyterian Church Building Fund, 326 S. Segoe Road, Madison, WI 53705 or to YMCA of the Rockies, 2515 Tunnel Road, Estes Park, CO 80511. Cress Funeral and Cremation Services 3610 Speedway Road (608) 238-3434 www.cressfuneralservice.com
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I heard Jim Hickman speak on a number of occasions. He had the most amazing speaking voice - deep and resonant.

His tenure as the dean of the Business School was most impressive, as he presided over the largest fund-raising ever seen by that School, paving the way for the construction of the current School of Business campus.

Jim will be missed - I'm planning on driving to Madison to attend his funeral on Saturday.
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