Hickman, John Comar
MADISON - John Comar Hickman, age 94, died Thursday, Dec. 7, 2006, at Oakwood Village West in Madison. John was born on Nov. 11, 1912, in Milwaukee to parents Charles Edgar Hickman and Mary Elizabeth Reese Torrance Hickman. John was educated in the Milwaukee Public Schools and graduated from Bay View High School. After high school graduation he worked in an office for one year. He then enrolled in the University of Wisconsin and earned three degrees: a bachelor's degree in economics (1935), a master's degree in education (1939) and a doctor's degree in guidance and special personnel services (1955). As an undergraduate he was a member of and captain of the Varsity Swimming and Water Polo Teams. After earning his master's degree, he worked for Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company for one year and then the Milwaukee Athletic Club. Following the Pearl Harbor attack, he applied for a commission in the U.S. Navy and married his wife, Lorraine. After a brief honeymoon he reported for duty and served in the Navy from 1941 until 1945, finishing up as the Commander of the Naval Anti-Aircraft Training Center at Great Lakes, Ill. and was discharged as a lieutenant. Upon completion of his Navy duty, he joined the Flambeau Outboard Motor Company in Milwaukee for one year. In 1946, he moved to Madison with his wife and two sons to begin his career at the University of Wisconsin as an Associate Professor and Assistant Swimming Coach. His daughter, Mary ,was born in Madison. John became Head Swimming Coach in 1951 and earned his Ph.D. in 1955. He organized and ran the Personnel Services for Student Athletes until he retired in 1978. John also taught physical education in Madison and taught guidance and counseling for the Extension Division. He retired from coaching in 1969. John was the president of the College Swimming Coaches of America in 1963-64 and was inducted into the University of Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame in 1997. He was also a member of Kappa Sigma Fraternity. John was a director of the W Club and he and his wife were members of the Blackhawk Country Club. His retirement years were spent traveling and visiting his children and grandchildren with his wife; and he was fond of woodworking as a hobby. He is survived by his wife, Lorraine Block Hickman of Madison; sons, John C. Jr. "Jack" (Margaretha) Hickman of Fairfax, Va. and Robert C. "Bob" Hickman of Middleton; daughter, Mary E. (James "Jim") Feeney of Lawrence, Kan.; grandchildren, Patrick Feeney, John Feeney, Ann (William "Bill") Briggs, Paul Hickman and Brian Hickman; and great-grandchild, Mae Briggs. A visitation will be held from 12:30 p.m. until 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2006, at CRESS FUNERAL HOME, 3610 Speedway Road, Madison. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorials be made in John's name to the Badger Fund/ Mens Swimming, in care of the UW Athletic Department, Kellner Hall, 1440 Monroe St., Madison, WI 53711 or the Don and Marilyn Anderson HospiceCare Center, 5395 E. Cheryl Parkway, Madison, WI 53711.

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