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In Memoriam: Dorothy Jane (Dottie) Hicks, MN, RN


Dottie Hicks 1928 2016

Dorothy Jane (Dottie) Hicks, MN, RN, died peace­fully on April 15, 2016 surrounded by loved ones.

She was born in Port Arthur, Texas on March 11, 1928, the only child of John Monroe and Mildred Hicks. She chose nursing as a career and gradu­ated from Scott & White Memorial Hospital Nursing School in Temple, Texas in 1950. Her career focused on rehabil­i­ta­tion nursing including practice at Rancho Los Amigos in Downey, California.

In the 60’s she moved to Seattle and received her Master of Nursing degree from the Univer­sity of Washington, where she stayed as a member of the nursing faculty and Director of Nursing Contin­uing Education.

In 1978, she was elected as Treasurer of the Washington State Nurses Associ­a­tion, a position she held until she left the state for a new faculty position at Arizona State Univer­sity School of Nursing in Tempe, Arizona. Retire­ment from that position brought her back to the North­west where she lived until her death.

She is survived by her adopted” family: sisters” Louise Shores, a former colleague at UW, Louise Lefebvre, and Eva Kenny; niece” Maura Orth; and nephew” John Kenny, and many friends. Dottie remained committed to the Univer­sity of Washington School of Nursing and endowed a schol­ar­ship that will continue to assist other nurses in meeting their educa­tional goals.