Col. James Thomas "Jim" Dixon

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Colonel James Thomas (Jim) Dixon, born Orange, TX, Jan. 10, 1925, passed away July 13, 2014, in Williamsburg, VA. He was the son of the late John and Luella Stark Dixon, and was preceded in death by his four brothers and sisters, Dorothy Jane, John Allen, George Cornelius Dixon, and Phyllis Dixon Ross, and also by the love of his life, Helen (Pat) Dixon. Jim grew up in Shreveport, LA, and began his academic career at Centenary College at 16, after graduating as valedictorian from Fairpark High School. He entered West Point Military Academy during the war and graduated in 1946 after a 3-year accelerated course of study. He had a stellar career in the military, and was first sent abroad to post-war Occupation Germany, where he met his wife Pat in Heidelberg. They married in 1950. In 1955, he was named the Assistant Army Attaché to Karachi, Pakistan, and then returned stateside to do a master's in history at Columbia University. Upon completing his degree, he taught in the Social Sciences Department at West Point. Jim served a year as unit commander in post-war Korea in 1961, and commanded the 319th artillery battalion of the 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell, KY, in 1964. From there he was sent to the Pentagon where he was handpicked by the exclusive Stanford Research Institute to do advanced work on computerized military budgeting. He ended his 30-year military career as the U.S. Military Attaché to Spain in 1976, where he was honored by then Secretary of State, Henry Kissinger. Upon retirement, he was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal. Jim taught at the University of South Carolina, and then served as the Dean of Valley Forge Military Academy of Pennsylvania. He and Pat continued to travel the world, finally settling in Staunton, Virginia. Jim was a distinguished scholar and a devoted husband and father. He is adored and survived by his five children Katie (Daniel Webster), Polly (Andrew Glassman), Nancy (Bill Lavender), James (Jay) Jr. (Terri), and John W. (Pam) Dixon, three grandchildren, John W. (Jay) Dixon, Jr., Camille (Camdynne) Dixon, James N. (T-Jay) Dixon, and two great grandchildren, Roxanne (Roxy) and Celeste Lavender.The family would like to thank Nydia Carnahan and the staff at Williamsburg Landing's Woodhaven for their care of Jim, Cynthia Lee for her constant love and support, and Katie Dixon for her tireless care of both Jim and Patty. The service will be held in the Jamestown/Yorktown Room, 5700 Williamsburg Landing Drive from 10-12, Thursday, July 17. In lieu of flowers, the family would like you to donate to one of the following charitable organizations or one of your choosing. www.dav.org Disabled American Vets or www.alzfdn.org Alzheimer's Foundation
Published in TheAdvocate.com from July 15 to July 16, 2014
Arrangements under the direction of:
Nelsen Funeral Home - Williamsburg
3785 Strawberry Plains Rd. | Williamsburg, VA 23188 | (757) 565-1141
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