Dr. Mary Lu Hickman
June 16, 1925 – March 24, 2020
Dr. Mary Lu Hickman, 94, of East Lyme passed away on Tuesday, March 24, 2020, at Lawrence & Memorial Hospital in New London. Dr. Hickman was born on June 16, 1925, in Honey Grove, TX to David and Aline Murray and attended medical school at Tulane University in New Orleans, LA. Dr. Hickman was a dedicated and caring physician and spent the majority of her professional career working to improve the lives of children with special needs. She worked closely with research groups at multiple universities and the March of Dimes and was the recipient of numerous awards. She ended her formal career as the Director of the State of California’s Department of Developmental Services. Even in retirement she continued to contribute and helped with design and implementation of the Connecticut Affordable Care Act. Dr. Hickman, both kind and generous, was respected and loved by all who knew her. Dr. Hickman is survived by her daughter, Mary Anne Hickman of East Lyme, sons, David Hickman of Los Angeles, CA, John Hickman of Seattle WA, and Robert Hickman of Chappel Hill, NC, and grandchildren John, Richard, Sara, and Anthony. Due to the challenging times we are living in, a memorial service will not be held at this time. Please see below to request email notification of when services are scheduled.