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Loren Blaine Hickey was born in Hallsville, Texas March 7, 1931 to Ottice Blaine and Anna Virginia Hickey.

He died Nov. 16 in Bryan, Texas.

He was a gifted, self-taught pianist and when the family moved to Houston, he played in USO shows there during World War II. The family moved to Kilgore in about 1948 and Blaine began taking piano lessons from Rildia Cliburn, mother of famed pianist, Van Cliburn.

Blaine’s talent as a pianist was such that he and Van played duets on a local radio station in Kilgore, but his desire to be a concert pianist was not strong enough to take him in that direction. 

After high school, Blaine left home and moved to Houston where he met Ogden Robertson. The two formed Hickey-Robertson, a commercial photography firm. Hickey-Robertson specialized in the photography of fine art, decorative arts, architecture and interior design.

For more than 40 years they practiced the art of photography, traveling widely in the U.S. and Europe, and working closely with many artists, gallery owners, museum directors, collectors, architects, designers and decorators.

Hickey and Robertson were associated for many years with Jean and Dominique de Menil and The Menil Collection art museum and traveled extensively in Europe photographing art for the Menil Foundation’s publications.

In the 1960s, Blaine and Ogden bought 22 acres near Nelsonville and about 20 years later they moved a 100-year old house to the property and restored it.

After Ogden’s death, Blaine retired and moved to his beloved “farm” in Nelsonville. From that time to his death, he lived a quiet life in the country, supremely happy to write, read and enjoy nature. 

Blaine was preceded in death by his partner, Ogden Robertson, and his parents.

He is survived by his brothers Lyle Wayne of Longviewand Billy Ray of Christopher,  Illinois; nieces Sherri Leverett, Debra Johnson, Kelly Roberts, Kerry Belt, Lisa Arledge, and Colleen Morgan; nephews Kenneth Hall and Steve, Kevin, and  Dennis Hickey; and 24 great nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, Dec. 12 at 3 p.m. at the Bradshaw Carter Home, 1734 West Alabama, Houston. 

Donations in Blaine’s memory may be made to the Sierra Club or the American Civil Liberties Union.

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