George Alan Karnes Wallis Hickrod died peacefully in his sleep the night of December
27th (2006) while visiting family in
Visitation will be at the
A celebration of his life
will be held at the
On January 7, at another memorial service will be conducted by the
Fort Branch Masonic Lodge #696 and held at the Stodghill
Funeral Home located on Hwy. 168 West in
He earned his Bachelor's
After graduation from
Harvard, he taught at
In 1967, Professor Hickrod came to
During his long tenure at the
University teaching graduate-level courses in the Department of Educational
Administration and Foundations, he earned a reputation as a popular teacher and
mentor, as well as an outstanding researcher. In 1983,
Dr. Hickrod was a recognized national authority on school funding. He was a founding member of the American Education Finance Association and served a term as President and many years on the Board of Directors. In this capacity, he was invited to testify before a committee of the U.S. Congress. He served as a consultant and was a popular speaker with groups interested in school finance. He received many awards, including the Chicago Urban League's annual award for outstanding service in human relations.
Alan was a avid reader of politics and history. His letters to the editor of the Pantagraph often reflected his most recent reading. These letters as well as some other essays were recently published in a book entitled, An Embattled and Unapologetic Liberal.
Alan was a lifelong member of the Scottish Rite Masonic Order, achieving the highest grades and rankings in his 50-year affiliation with the organization.
Proud of his Scottish
ancestry, Alan was an organizer and one of the first Chiefs of the
Scottish-American Society of Central Illinois. He is one of only a few persons
He was a gourmet chef and wine connoisseur.
Whoever coined the expression, Gentleman and Scholar, was certainly speaking about George Alan Hickrod.
Alan is survived by his wife,
Dr. Marcia Escott, and her children Beth and Don