Basha Vianne Hicks
HICKS, BASHA VIANNE, was a strong, independent, adventurous woman of high intellect and refined spirit. She was passionately committed to preserving our environment, conquering antisemitism and fostering the rights of women. Basha passed away suddenly on February 23, 2017, while residing in Rome, Italy. She leaves her daughter, Emelia Trop of Rome, Italy, her sisters Lynn Santoro of Cape Cod, MA and Robyn Egan of Rochester, NY, and their families, who all loved Basha madly; her previous husband, Ashley Trop of Key Biscayne, Florida and his extended family; many cousins and so many very dear friends in the U.S. and the world over. Basha's joie de vivre, her extraordinary brilliance in learning as much as possible about the world around her, her sense of adventure and exploration and her everlasting love will be missed by all. Her parents, Gladys and Louis "Chick" Hicks, who were so very proud of her, predeceased her. Basha held a Harvard J.D. (1986) and worked for the law firms of Carlton Fields, Akerman Senterfitt, Ruden McCloskey Smith & Russell, as well as Shutts & Bowen of Miami. Among her many outstanding accomplishments she earned her Doctor of Education (University of Massachusetts) with a focus on ecology, planning and development; she was a licensed Realtor (Green Designation); in house legal consultant and production manager for Plants in Design (a leading USA orchid and bromeliad farm). She was a Peace Corps alumnae who did field work and management in Venezuela and designing and developing trails and sites for Guatopo National Park in that country under the Ministry of the Environment. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor (1972); and graduated from Sharon, MA High School (1965). A long time resident of Key Biscayne, Florida, she was a member of the Key Biscayne Zoning Ordinance Review Board, Director of the Peace Research Foundation, past Director of the New Theater (Coral Gables) and past Program Director of the Harvard Club of Miami. She is the author of "Jugando entre gotas"an international award-winning children's ecology book. There will be private celebrations of her life. Her family asks that you perform good deeds and give to your favorite charity in Basha's memory.
Published by the Miami Herald on May 7, 2017.
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A wonderful woman.
You will be missed!
Mary Arias
August 23, 2017
I met Basha back in 2000 when I was a 26 year old ski instructor for Club Med. Basha was my student and I remember that week very well up until today because the Florida contingent of people of 400 plus lawyers, judges, dentists,doctors, professionals and other business people were amazing! A wonderful group of people. Back then with the advent of email, Basha and I kept in touch over the course of the years. She came to Montreal and Mont Tremblant and I visited Florida, first with my wife and then with my 2 kids who all came to love and adore Basha. After starting my own legal practise, Basha was instrumental in putting me in touch with legal and real estate contacts through her slew of connections for clients of mine who had issues both in Florida and Colorado. She was and shall always be a wonderful person in my eyes, giving, thoughtful, care free, loving to all, compassionate and dear to my heart. Your strength and courage shall live on and I know that on behalf of my family, we will miss you very much!
May 15, 2017
...thinking of you everyday, my dear friend.
May 8, 2017
May the God of all comfort strengthen the family during this time of sorrow. "Those who die God keeps in his memory, because they are precious in his eyes.".......(Psalms 116:15)
May 8, 2017
So very sorry to hear that Basha has died. What a woman! Her brains, humor and general zest for life helped make Harvard Law School bearable, and our time in Key Biscayne with her was amazing. Love and light to her family and friends.
Susan Bender McAdams
May 5, 2017
May cherished memories live on in the hearts and prayers of love ones bringing comfort as he R.I.P
May 4, 2017
Will miss Basha so much. We had such a wonderful year in Miami and I was looking forward to going to Rome this summer to be with her' She was a joy to be with
Zelda Rosenthal
May 4, 2017
We are sorry to learn of the passing of Basha, but grateful for her service to our nation with the Peace Corps in Venezuela.

Our Condolences,
The National Peace Corps Association
May 1, 2017
I am sorry to hear of the loss of Mrs. Hicks While it is never easy to lose a dear friend and loved one in death, may you find comfort and hope in our compassionate God and creator who promises that soon he will undue the sufferings we face today, and "No resident will say, "I am sick."" - Isa. 33:24
April 30, 2017
So hard to believe Basha is no longer here. Noone loved life and a good adventure more than Basha. I was lucky enough to have shared some of them with her. I first met Basha in 1979 when she was living in Venezuela. She had hair down to her waist and drove an old jeep. We once took off for three weeks and drove all the way down to Brazil, building roads that had collapsed, fording rivers on rafts and sleeping on hammocks and next to a different waterfall almost every night. Several times we rented a house in Bonaire and snorkled a different beach everyday. Basha had such a zest for life and was always game to try anything, go anywhere. Such great memories. My heart goes out to Emelia, Basha's sisters and the whole family. Vaya con Dios my friend.
Kristin Holeman
April 30, 2017
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