Robert "Bob" Whitney Hickman
Robert "Bob" Hickman, passed away peacefully in Rancho Mirage, California on August 2, 2013 at 8:40PM. Mike Adams as always was by his side. He was born at Tacoma General Hospital in Tacoma, Washington on November 14, 1927 to Laura Evelyn Thompson and Loren Whitney. His parents divorced when Bob was eight years old and his mother married Jewett Hickman. He graduated from Washington High School in San Francisco, Calif. in 1945. He attended the Univ. of California at Berkeley, however after a year he enlisted in the Navy where he was able to travel to Naples, Italy, where his mother Laura had been born in 1903. This was a cherished time for him to see where she was born. He traveled to Cuba, Puerto Rico, and the Mediterranean until he returned to Boston. He was discharged in 1948 and enrolled in the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington whereby in 1952 he graduated with a BS in Geology. After graduation he was employed by Phillips Petroleum Co. as a Geologist. He traveled and worked all over the western US and Alaska until he was transferred to Colorado. During these years, his mother divorced and married a gentleman named Frank Metzger which became a close stepfather for Bob. After Phillips Petroleum Co., Bob held a variety of positions with consulting companies as a PhotoGeologist - one tour of duty was in Israel for eight months of photo work in 1969-70. In 1972 Bob went to Australia to work- he flew to Sydney from Los Angeles, then across Australia to Perth and north to Panawannia, doing air photos working mostly in a helicopter. He returned to his home in Denver by going westward from Australia to make it 'around the world'. He visited places and/or friends in Singapore, Bangkok, Thailand, Calcutta, Tehran, Ankara, Athens, Madrid, Seville, Cadiz and finally, Denver. He loved his home in the Hilltop/Cherry Creek area of Denver and lived there (except for trips to Europe, etc.) until 1993 when he made his home at Sunrise Country Club in Rancho Mirage, California until he passed away. He did volunteer work at the McCallum Theater, Betty Ford Center and College of the Desert. He loved living in the desert and always thought he lived in a beautiful place. His work as a geologist was rewarding and exciting and a chance to see the world - with over six million square miles of mapping throughout his career. In addition to all of his accomplishments Bob Hickman belonged to the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) - he was the Register/Chaplin. The American Association of Petroleum Geologists (over 60 years). Rocky Mountain Petroleum Pioneers, Denver, Colorado. Sigma Gamma Epsilon (Geology Honorary Society). Palm Springs, Calif. Genealogical Society. Friends of Bob say one of the things they liked best about being around Bob was that he had a calming effect on them. They felt at ease and comfortable with him as did most people who knew him. That's not a bad legacy. Being pleasant and nice to everyone was the essence of Bob. Bob Hickman wrote recently that the finest things in his life have been his friends-the people in his life. At the top of the list of friends he said he had been fortunate to have Mike Adams as his best friend, business partner, confidante, watchdog, caregiver, etc., for over 45 plus years. Mike and Bob both said they cannot imagine having had a better, more loyal, constant friendship for all these years. Both their gratitude for all is infinite. Contributions may be made to AA as he was a faithful and devoted member for over 44 years. We hope to have a pending memorial service at a later date. Wiefels of Palm Springs, California-Mr. John Caranci, Jr. has made arrangements for Robert Hickman to be placed in his columbarium niche facing a beautiful stain glass window of The Garden of the Gods, in the Fairmount Mausoleum, Denver, Colorado and his remaining ashes will be distributed near his dear mother, Laura in the Pacific Ocean near San Diego, California.
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Published in The Desert Sun on Aug. 18, 2013