Amos Trueman Dixon Jr. died peacefully at his home in Baton Rouge, Louisiana on December 31, 2020 at the age of 90. Amos, the oldest of four siblings, was born on November 21, 1930 in Norwood, MA to Amos Trueman Dixon and Theo Avery Brown. He is preceded in death by his parents and brother, Donald Dixon. In 1952 Amos earned his bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from MIT where he also pitched for the baseball team. He was drafted by both the Pittsburg Pirates and the U.S. Army. He served in the Korean war. After his service, he began his career as a chemical engineer working for Goodyear in Akron, Ohio. He was later transferred to Beaumont, TX and Baton Rouge, LA. He met the love of his life and wife of 64 years, Mary Ann Drobney, at a YMCA swimming pool in Ohio. Mary Ann, the only person who could require anything of Amos, had two conditions for marriage, that he become a Roman Catholic and eventually quit smoking. He did both. They had five children and their relationship and faith became the axis around which everything orbited. Mary Ann lovingly cared for Amos throughout their lives together, but particularly so the last six years as his healthcare needs increased. Amos was fiercely competitive. He played bridge to win and placed bets based entirely upon logic and odds, home teams be damned. He was a man of few words, but the combination of his tone and brevity made the ones he spoke memorable. He was unapologetically honest and there could be no doubt about where one stood with him. There were few problems in life Amos felt could not be solved by either a slide-rule, duct tape or silence. He liked his beef red and his toast burned. One did not serve Amos "raw" toast. He was an Eagle Scout and continued to participate in scouting with his son Matthew. Amos was an active member of St. Thomas More Parish in Baton Rouge and St. Thomas More Parish in Pugwash, Nova Scotia. He enjoyed playing golf, bowling and watching sports. He could often be found in the bleachers at the old Alex Box Stadium and he instilled a knowledge of and love for sports in all of his children. One of the greatest joys Amos and Mary Ann shared was their annual migration to their summer cottage in Amherst Shore, Nova Scotia. These journeys entailed numerous breakdowns unfixable by duct tape, blow-outs and detours creating much of the comic family lore. During his time at the shore, Amos enjoyed watching his family cavorting, competing and strengthening their bonds together. His enduring legacy will be the relationships with extended family and love of Amherst Shore he fostered in his children and grandchildren who continue the family summer migration. He is survived by his beloved, devoted wife, Mary Ann, his five children--Lisa Mahoney of Sugar Land, TX, Matthew Dixon of Baton Rouge, LA, Tamara Kontrimas of Sugar Land, TX, Susan Dixon of Baton Rouge, LA, Lee Ann Lemoine of Baton Rouge, LA, and their spouses, TJ Mahoney, Leigh Dixon, Andrius Kontrimas and Lance Lemoine--fourteen grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his sisters Lennie Vaux of Lilburn, GA and Thelma Bruno of Dedham, MA, his step siblings, Mac Brown of Camarillo, CA, Hugh Brown of Mississauga, ON, Ruth Brown of Amherst, NS, along with numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. Special thank you to children Susan, Lee Ann and Matthew for their care and comfort. A Memorial Mass will be held on Wednesday, January 13 at St. Thomas More Catholic Church, 11441 Goodwood Blvd., Baton Rouge, LA, at 11:00 AM. Family and friends may sign the online guestbook or leave a personal note for the family at www.neptunesociety.com/location/new-orleans-creamation.
A memorial celebration will be held at a future date in Amherst Shore, NS. Donations may be made to St. Vincent de Paul Society.