Roy Hickes, professor emeritus of education, died Aug. 10 after a brief
illness. He was 90.
A 1925 graduate of Glassport High School in Glassport, Pa., Hickes began
his teaching career at Glassport in 1929 as a science teacher and coach
after he received his bachelor’s degree from Indiana State University.
He later served as principal at the school. In 1934, Hickes received his
master’s degree from Pennsylvania State University, and 17 years later,
he received his doctorate in education from the University of Pittsburgh.
In 1951, Hickes became superintendent of the Carnegie School District
in Carnegie, Pa., and nine years later moved to Springfield to begin his
Wittenberg teaching career.
During his 15-year career at Wittenberg, Hickes, who frequently sported
a characteristic bow tie, directed the Summer Session and graduate program.
He also served as chair of the education department.
He retired in 1975 and was granted emeritus status in September of the
Described as someone who shared his love of teaching and learning with
students, Hickes was also an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed fishing, hunting
He also enjoyed sports, serving as an athletic official, and was said to
have met the challenge of a good bridge hand.
Mary Kathryn Hardy Hickes, his wife of 54 years, survives, along with his
daughter, Melissa H. Zaletski, and her husband, Kenneth. Four grandchildren
and 10 nieces and nephews also survive.
His daughter, Rebecca Hickes Harwood, and his brother, John M. Hickes,