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Laurier mourns the passing of Health Services Director Dr. James (Jim) Hicks
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Wilfrid Laurier University is saddened to announce that Dr. James (Jim) Hicks, director of Laurier’s Health Services, passed away Oct. 5, after a long battle with cancer. He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Marjolein, as well as his children – David Hicks and Christa, Mark Hicks and Tanya, and Amy Ollson and Steve – his grandchildren, his mother, his siblings and their families.
Hicks graduated from the University of Western Ontario in 1967 with a degree in chemistry and in 1971 with a Medical Doctorate. He opened his medical practice with Dr. Michael Pascoe in September, 1973, and also began his concurrent career at Laurier, where he served as director of Health Services for 39 years. He also helped establish Health Services at Laurier Brantford and was director there until September, 2011.
“As Laurier's original, and only, director of Health Services, Jim touched the lives of thousands of students in intentional ways beyond clinical health care,” said David McMurray, vice-president: Student Affairs. “His genuine, heartfelt empathy, concern and meaningful support for student development and well-being was extraordinary.”
Hicks was instrumental in establishing the Sexual Assault Treatment Team at St. Mary's Hospital where he was an active team physician for many years. He enjoyed a lifetime of competitive tennis, many years of golf and skiing with great friends. He was a proud member of the Kitchener Conestoga Rotary Club where he enjoyed fellowship and involvement in both international and local charitable works.
A private funeral service (family only) will be held at the Williamsburg Cemetery in Kitchener. Family and friends are invited to attend a Celebration of Life service at Laurier’s Waterloo campus Sunday, Oct. 16. Visitation will begin at noon in the Senate & Board Chamber, followed by speeches and a reception at 1 p.m.
Parking will be available off Mid Campus Drive. Volunteers will direct traffic.
In lieu of flowers, charitable donations can be made to the Jim Hicks Rotary Memorial Fund, Kids Ability or Lisaard House Hospice, by contacting the Erb & Good Family Funeral Home, 171 King St. S., Waterloo. Visit www.erbgood.com or phone 519-745-8445.