Dr. Robert E. 'Happy' Dicks III named 2003 recipient of the Bill Hartman Award


Oct. 21, 2003

ATHENS, Ga. --- Dr. Robert E. "Happy" Dicks III, the former Georgia linebacker and team doctor who is a prominent neurosurgeon, is the 2003 recipient of the Bill Hartman Award - the highest honor a former UGA student-athlete can attain.

Named for Georgia's long-time kicking coach and chairman of the Georgia Student Educational Fund, the Hartman Award has been given annually since 1992 and recognizes former Georgia student-athletes who have demonstrated excellence in their profession and/or in service to others by 20 or more years of superior performance after graduation. Only former varsity athletes who have received a baccalaureate degree from Georgia can be considered for the award.

Dicks will receive the award at the Georgia-UAB football game on Saturday. Previous Hartman Award winners include former NFL quarterback Fran Tarkenton (1992), Atlanta Olympic Committee CEO Billy Payne (1992), former Gov. Carl Sanders (1993), Atlanta developer Tom Cousins (1993), legendary former tennis coach Dan Magill (1994), former high school coach Billy Henderson (1995), former Lt. Gov. Pierre Howard (1996), noted amateur golfer Jimmy Gabrielsen (1997), physician Dr. Andy Roddenbery (1998), Athens businessman Hilton Young Jr. (1999), Harvard University Department of Dermatology Chief of Staff Dr. Becky Birchmore Campen (2000), vascular surgeon Dr. Thomas Lawhorne (2001) and endoscopic laser surgeon Dr. Thomas Lyons (2002).

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