Calvin O. Chicks M.D., Janesville, WI (1924 - 2012)
May 17, 1924 - October 26, 2012
Calvin O. Chicks, M.D., 88, of Janesville, passed away peacefully with his wife by his side at Cedar Crest Memory Care, Janesville, from complications of Alzheimer’s disease, on Oct. 26, 2012. Calvin was born on May 17, 1924, the son of Harry and Alice (Davids) Chicks. Calvin, a member of the Stock-Bridge Munsee Band of Mohicans, grew up on the family farm outside of Gresham, WI, near the Indian Reservation. There, he attended the Lutheran Mission Boarding School, beginning at age 5, eventually graduating from Gresham High School. His father made very sure he attended school for his basic education, walking the 4 ½ miles to high school daily, no matter what the weather. Calvin enlisted in the Merchant Marine, April 1942, delivering troops and supplies in dangerous waters. He began Merchant Marine officer training school and graduated as a Ensign, on Nov. 14, 1945.
Coming from a family of nine children, with very limited means, he managed to pursue his goal of becoming a psychiatrist by working as a cab driver, mowing lawns, tending bar and any other odd jobs over a period of 13 years, all while going to college plus internships. After completing his residency training, he began his private practice in 1961 in Janesville, until his retirement in October 2006, at age 82. During that time, he formed the Janesville Psychiatric Clinic, Ltd with associates consisting of psychologists and social workers. In 1975, he established three alcohol and drug treatment facilities in Janesville.
In 1966, Calvin married Clarice (Albright) Dary, a widow with two young daughters. While continuing his private practice in Janesville, he was a part-time consultant for the Rock County Care Outpatient Clinics from 1989-1998, the Lakeland Counseling Center of Walworth County over a 12 year period, and the Janesville Community Support Program for several years. From 1998-2005, he traveled to Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, Arizona as well as Wisconsin, in the same capacity at various clinics as needed. As a very compassionate, generous person, he often treated those without funds for their care. He even made house calls when needed regardless of the hour and was always available by phone around the clock.
Calvin enjoyed making walking trails in their wooded acres, golfing, downhill skiing, bowling, ballroom dancing with his wife to the music of the ‘40’s, and gourmet cooking from his vast collection of cookbooks. He was an avid reader of anything educational to satisfy his thirst for knowledge to include science, history, politics and much more. He enjoyed debating on many subjects, always with good nature, with his close friend, Dick. Underneath his understated demeanor was a keen sense of humor and a dry wit. Calvin earned his private pilot’s license, flying locally and up to northern Wisconsin to his family’s log home outside of Gresham, WI. Also, he enjoyed driving their vintage ’67 Austin Healey sports car with his wife by his side.
Survivors include his wife, Clarice Chicks of 46 years; daughters, Lugene Chicks of Madison, WI and Jennifer (Rob) Anderson of Brooklyn, WI; son, Matthew (Sharon) Chicks of Glendale, AZ, and from a previous marriage, son, John “Norsky” Chicks of Sherman Oaks, CA; granddaughter, Taylor Anderson; and grandson, Sam; brother, Clarence Chicks; sister, Ann Utter, both of Gresham, WI; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. Calvin is preceded in death by his parents, four brothers and two sisters.
It was Calvin’s wish to participate in the University of Wisconsin Medical School, Body Donation Program, for educational purposes. At a later date, a Celebration of his life will be held at IMMANUEL-MOHICAN CHURCH, Gresham, WI. Calvin will be interred, joining his ancestors up north at the Red Springs Cemetery.
In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made to the Association of American Indian Physicians, 1225 Sovereign Row, Suite 103, Oklahoma City, OK 73108, of which he was one of the founders; the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Foundation; Agrace Hospice, Janesville or Cedar Crest, Janesville. SCHNEIDER APFEL SCHNEIDER & SCHNEIDER FUNERAL HOME & CREMATORY is assisting the family with the arrangements.
The family is very grateful for the compassionate care Calvin received from the Agrace Hospice Care team and the Cedar Crest Memory Care Unit caregivers.