On UNM's first Border Conference championship team in 1934, there labored in relative obscurity a stout, fast and ferocious lineman by the name of Hickum L. Galles. To hear his contemporaries tell it, Galles was one of the finest offensive and defensive linemen ever to perform at UNM.
The credibility of such plaudits is bolstered by Galles' outstanding leadership in business and civic endeavors following his graduation in 1935. The Galles name is synonymous with successful automobile dealerships in New Mexico.
Hickum was president of the National Automobile Dealers Association and served as a member of numerous fraternal clubs, civic groups and business advisory boards. He was president of the UNM Lobo Club, a contributor to the UNM Presidential Scholarship Program and a recipient of the Zimmerman Award, the UNM Alumni Association's most prestigious honor.