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Hicks, Orton Havergal, 1900-1997



  • Existence: 1900 - 1997

Orton Havergal Hicks was born on Nov. 6, 1900 in Minneapolis. He graduated from Dartmouth College in 1921. While at Dartmouth he helped form Green Key, an undergraduate service society. In 1922, Hicks received his MA in business administration from Dartmouth's Tuck business school after which he began his career as a salesman for the Eastman Kodak Co. In 1926, he joined Gillette Camera Stores and in 1928, founded Films, Inc., one of the largest distributors of 16mm entertainment films to non theatrical outlets. He served as president of Films Inc. until 1928, and continued as an advisor to the company through the 1980s. During World War II, Hicks served as lieutenant colonel in the Army Signal Corps. Following the war, he joined Loew's International Corporation where he organized a worldwide distribution network of 16 mm MGM films. In 1958, Hicks became vice president for development, alumni affairs and public relations at Dartmouth College, a position he held until 1966. As an alumnus of the college, he served as president of his class, overseer of the Tuck School, president of the Alumni Council, secretary of the Dartmouth Club of New York and vice president of the Long Island Alumni Association. In 1986, he was the first recipient of the newly established Eleazar Wheelock Award for Extraordinary Service to Dartmouth. Hicks died in 1997 at the age of 96.

Found in 2 Collections and/or Records:

Oral history interview with Orton Havergal Hicks.

Identifier: DOH-186
Scope and Contents The oral history interview of Orton Havergal Hicks is comprised of six audiocassette recordings and a tape log of the recordings. The interview was conducted by Jere Daniell and Robert Graham in May 1975, January 20 and 27, 1977 and February 1977. The entire interview runs for approximately six hours.

Orton Hicks papers

Identifier: ML-78
Overview Orton Havergal Hicks (1900-1997), Dartmouth College administrator and business man. Dartmouth College Class of 1921. Contains correspondence, clippings, plans, photographs, cards and publications documenting Hicks' experience as an undergraduate and various projects he was involved in as a College administrator and alumnus.