Physical Education, 1911-1949
b. 1885, Enfield, N.Y.
Curry S. Hicks pioneered the University’s athletics program as it transitioned from the Massachusetts Agricultural College to the University of Massachusetts. Hicks led the charge to build modern athletic fields and gymnasia and during his tenure, many of the University’s teams climbed to new heights of excellence. Born in 1885 in Enfield, New York, Hicks began undergraduate studies at Michigan State University but was forced to drop out because he was unable to pay tuition, beginning a teaching career that brought him from math teacher to high school principal.
Returning to Michigan Normal School, Hicks earned his B.A. in physical education in 1909, followed by the Hitchcock Fellowship at Amherst College and eventually his assistant professorship in Physical Education and Hygiene at the University in 1911. On his retirement in 1949, Hicks and his wife, Adeline, left behind a thoroughly modernized athletics program and moved to Tucson, Arizona, where he passed away in 1963.
Curry Hicks Papers
. Special Collections and University Archives, W.E.B. Du Bois Library, UMass Amherst (FS 069)