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
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Published by the Miami Herald on May 7, 2017.