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Gregory Hickey

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Gregory Hickey Obituary
August 24, 1961 - May 15, 2016 Gregory Scott Hickey passed unexpectedly on Sunday morning, May 15, 2016. Greg was born at Fort Ord, CA, on August 24, 1961, to parents Captain (USN Retired) Charles and Betty Lou Hickey. Greg grew up, first, in Virginia and Maryland through grade school and then moved to San Diego, for middle and high school, where he graduated from Patrick Henry High in 1979. Greg was active in sports and scouting. He played Lacrosse, was a member of the wrestling team, and received the school's biology award. Following his interests in the out-of-doors and public service, Greg obtained the rank of Eagle Scout. Greg attended the University of California at Berkeley where he earned a BS Degree in Chemical Engineering in 1983, followed by a MS Degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Virginia in 1986. While at Berkeley, Greg played on the Lacrosse team. A sport he coached and even played up through this past year. Greg enjoyed camping and hiking. In 1981, Greg hiked the entire 2179 mile long Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine. He loved the woods. Camping trips with family and friends were a yearly occurrence and local hikes happened as often as he could get out. After college, Greg went to work at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena. Over the past 30 years, Greg has worked on and managed programs related to Mars rovers, space telescopes, composite materials, robotics, and advanced optical research. Greg was a Manager of JPL's Advanced Optical Systems, as part of the Astronomy, Physics, & Space Technology Directorate. Greg authored, and/or contributed, to over 50 technical publications, was awarded two patents, and developed 20 NASA Technical Briefs. Greg also co-authored a book on Frequency Selective Surface Antennas. Professional recognition included the NRO Director's Innovative Initiative Award (1999), the NASA Honor Award (2004), the JPL Explorer Award (2004), the John McCone Award (2010), and the JPL Magellan Award (2011). Greg loved his work. Greg had two greater loves: Denise [Anderson], his wife and Patrick's mother, who preceded him in death in 1996, and Patricia Benoit-Hickey, whom Greg fell in love with, courted, and married in 2003. Greg and Patricia built a loving home, raised their children, Patrick and Kristina, traveled the country and the world, and gave back to church and community every chance they had. Greg is survived by his wife, Patricia; son, Patrick; daughter, Kristina (Peter); grandchildren, Dianna and Isabelle; father, Charles; brothers: Chuck, Mike (Marie), and David; and sister, Anne-Marie DeWitt (Mike). Greg will be sadly missed by his extended family, a host of friends, and his colleagues at work. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Door of Hope, helping homeless families and children. This is an organization Greg and Patricia spent time with. Donations can be made through www.doorofhope.us, or by calling (626) 304-9130 x111, (501(3)(c) non-profit number 95-4044568). Services to celebrate Greg's life, his enduring spirit, and his many accomplishments will be held on Wednesday, May 25, 2016, at 10:30 am, at Saint Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in North Hollywood, located at 10800 Moorpark St, North Hollywood, CA 91602. Cabot & Sons, Pasadena.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on May 22, 2016
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