Charles Buchanan "Charlie" Hickcox II
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Charles "Charlie" Buchanan Hickcox II Charles "Charlie" Buchanan Hickcox II, died peacefully at his home in San Diego on June 14, 2010 of cancer at the age of 63. Charlie, a native of Phoenix, Arizona, was an Olympic Swimming Champion in the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico City winning three gold medals in the 200-meter individual medley, 400-meter individual medley and the 4x100 medley relay, as well as a silver medal in the 100 meter backstroke; he was also named Athlete of the 1968 Olympic Games. Other swimming accomplishments included leading Indiana University to two NCAA Championships, capturing seven NCAA individual championships, two gold medals at the Pan-American games and setting eight world records. Charlie was also admitted to the International Swimming Hall of Fame, Indiana University Sports Hall of Fame, as well as the Arizona Sports Hall of Fame. Sports Illustrated also ranked Charlie as one of the greatest 20th century athletes to come out of Arizona in its 50th Anniversary issue. After graduating from Indiana University, Charlie continued his education and graduated from Salmon P. Chase College of Law at Northern Kentucky State University. Returning to Phoenix, Charlie successfully pursued a career in commercial real estate development. His career included a variety of positions including heading the Scottsdale-based real estate investment and development firm, The Feldman-Hickcox Company. He was also a member of the Arizona Bar Association. Throughout his life, he generously volunteered his time by visiting schools, youth groups, juvenile detention centers and prisons to share his story and "encourage others to rise to their potential, make the right choices in life, and reinforced that everyone has an opportunity for a second chance." Charlie was a kind, loving and humble man with a very big heart. He had an enormous faith in God and was blessed with such character, honesty, dignity and grace. He will be missed as surely as he will be remembered. He is survived by his beloved wife of seven years, Kathy; proud father of Kristen Hickcox (Marc Welborn), Erin Hickcox, Michelle Sedgwick (Joe), Hayley Hickcox, Sharly Borer (Ryan), Charles B. Hickcox, III (Randelle) and step daughter Elizabeth Ballew; nine grandchildren; his father, J. Cole Hickcox; siblings John Hickcox (Myrna), Mary Sue Magura (Jack), Tom Hickcox, Martha Wyatt (Bill); nieces and nephews Jay Hickcox, Katie, Stratton and Cole Hickcox, Elizabeth and Emma Magura and Bill and Holley Wyatt, as well as a host of other relatives and dear friends. He was preceded in death by his loving mother, Mary Jane (Sharty) Hickcox. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, July 10th at East Valley Bible Church, 1820W. Elloit Road, Gilbert, Arizona at 1:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to cancer research at the Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center on behalf of Dr. Lawrence Einhorn's Research Center. Memorial gifts can be made "In memory of Charlie Hickcox" and payable to "IUF/Hem-Onc Gifts" and mailed to IU Simon Cancer Center, PO Box 660245, Indianapolis, IN 46266.

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Published in The Arizona Republic on Jun. 27, 2010.
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July 9, 2010
Our thoughts and prayers are with your family during this extraordinarily difficult time. Your father was a well respected and loved man.
Connie, Bobby and Kennedy Strate
July 8, 2010
Charlie was one of the finest men I have ever known. We will surely miss his wit, charm, good nature, laughter and smile and especially the nicknames he would come up with for all his friends. . . bovine fish.
Jamie Cowgill
July 4, 2010
Charlie was a high school classmate at Washington High. I remember him fondly at the 50 year anniversary of the school. We had him ride in a vintage car in our little parade. He will be missed, God bless him and hold him.

Holly O'Brien class of '64
June 29, 2010
To all the members of Charlie's family:
You are in my thoughts and prayers. Charlie was a very kind and giving person to all. He will be missed.
David Passey
June 29, 2010
What can I even say what I feel in my heart for Cha Cha. He was larger than life! No words can ever explain him. He impacted so many people with his love of life, he was God's gift to us and we know it !! What a beautiful man with a beautiful heart filled with love and laughter. Please don't ever stop learning from him, he taught us so much and we didn't even realize it. What a gift from God he was. Thank you Lord for the gift of this man.
June 28, 2010
My prayers go out to his family during this time. I remember Charlie from High School and how proud I was while watching him compete in the 1968 Olympics. He was such a kind person - he will be missed.
Karin
June 28, 2010
May the angels lead thee into Paradise: may the Martyrs receive thee at thy coming, and take thee to Jerusalem the holy city. May the choirs of the Angels receive thee and mayest thou have rest everlasting with the once poor Lazarus. Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord and let perpetual light shine upon him. May the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. A message of condolence from Matt Mulligan, on behalf of the Doc-IU Masters and all Indiana Swimming Alumni.
Matt Mulligan
June 28, 2010
My condolences to the Hickcox family for their loss. Charlie was one of the most memorable mainstays in our basketball group at the Scottsdale YMCA, and later the JCC, for nearly twenty years. He never made a secret of his devout faith, or of his patriotism. He often expressed heartfelt pride about his son's military service overseas. I remember when he brought his Olympic medals to show to the youngsters at the YMCA and teach them something about achieving one's dreams. He was a tough competitor and an honorable man who will be missed.
Joseph Sprince
June 27, 2010
We am so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts are with you and your family.
Bob and Janet Neil
Janet Neil
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