The Day – Delta Sigma Theta president, Hartford native, dies after recent illness

Cheryl A. Hickmon, a Hartford native, national president of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. and chair of its national board of directors, died Thursday after battling a recent illness, according to a statement from the sorority.

“President Hickmon had been a dedicated member of Delta Sigma Theta since 1982 and held various positions at the chapter, region and country level before being elected National President. She is remembered not only for her role as a leader, but also for being a colleague, a friend and above all a sister,” the sorority said in a statement.

“The entire fraternity of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated mourns the loss of President Hickmon. At this difficult time, we ask that you respect the privacy of his family and keep them in your prayers.

Hickmon was elected to lead the Deltas, one of nine black sororities and fraternities known as the “Divine Nine”, at their last national convention in November 2021 in Atlanta. The 1984 graduate of South Carolina State University was a member of the Hartford Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and was initiated by the Alpha Xi Chapter of South Carolina State University .

For 39 years, Hickmon has been an active member of Delta Sigma Theta and has held numerous elected and appointed leadership positions at the national, regional and local levels.

“Throughout her membership in the organization, she has held many positions. From Vice President to Atlantic Regional Representative, her dedication and commitment to seeing the legacy organization thrive was unmatched,” the NAACP said in a statement.

“Among her accolades, she received the Connecticut State’s 100 Most Influential African Americans Award from the Connecticut Chapters of the NAACP and the Citizen of the Year Award from the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity. , Inc. (Tau Iota Chapter).”

Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont remembered Hickmon as a “valued member of our great Connecticut family” in a statement on Twitter.

“As National President of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. and President of the Hartford Alumnae Chapter, her work to enlighten, educate and uplift young black women has had a great impact on many lives,” he said. .

Connecticut Lieutenant Governor Susan Bysiewicz also offered her condolences to Hickmon’s family, friends and sisters.

“I had the pleasure of meeting President Hickmon when she spoke at Hartford Alumnae’s annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship Breakfast. Her impassioned remarks were both inspiring and uplifting and her service to the Connecticut community will not be forgotten,” she said in a statement on Twitter.

Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin also shared his thoughts on Hickmon’s passing.

“What a heartbreaking loss. Our prayers go out to Cheryl Hickmon’s family and all the Deltas she led and loved here in Hartford, across the country and around the world.

Professionally, Hickmon oversaw the In Vitro Fertilization Laboratories for Andrology and Endocrinology at the Montefiore Institute of Reproductive Medicine and Health in Hartsdale, New York, a division of Montefiore Medical Center and a University Hospital of the United States. Albert Einstein College of Medicine. She was a licensed clinical laboratory technologist and worked in the reproductive medical laboratory for over 30 years.

Hickmon is the daughter of the late Dr. Ned Hickmon and the late Consuella Anderson Hickmon of Hartford. She has two older brothers, Ned and David Hickmon, both of Hartford.

According to his biography on the Delta Sigma Theta website, Hickmon lived his life by the motto “Measure life not by the number of breaths you take but by the number of moments that take your breath away.”

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