BRYN MAWR, PA. — Thomas Henry Dixon died March 30, 2011. He was 92.
Harry was a managing partner with Nathan Trotter and Co. from 1951-1995. However, he often said that education was his primary interest. As such, he served as a trustee of St. George’s School in Newport, R.I., Haverford School and Princeton University, where he was chair of the Alumni Council and the Undergraduate Activities Committee. After attending Chestnut Hill Academy, he graduated from St. George’s in 1936 and was in Princeton’s Class of 1940, where he majored in English and quarterbacked the football team. As a member of our “greatest generation,” he was in the Field Artillery of the Third Army during World War II. While in the European Theatre Harry earned four Battle Stars and the Bronze Star Medal.
Just prior to the war he married Elizabeth Thayer, Sept. 26, 1941, and they had four children, W. Boulton Dixon, Thayer Dixon, G. Dallas Dixon and Emily Dixon Hannan. Harry was the proud grandfather of 11 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Pappy is a hero for each one.
To all who knew Harry, they are unanimous in their respect for his leadership, his generosity of spirit, his integrity and sense of humor. Shirley Tilghman, president of Princeton, said, “Harry Dixon of the Princeton Class of 1940 was a tiger of the finest stripe. He served his alma mater loyally throughout his adult life as a leader in his legendary class, as the chair of the Alumni Council for 1967-1969 during a particularly turbulent time, and as a trustee from 1979-1983. He will always be remembered for his kindness, generosity, and dedication to the university he loved so well.” He loved his golf, walks with the dogs, the Maine coast and his family.
Services held for Harry Dixon will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Emily Fisher Charter School, 171 Division St., Trenton, NJ 08611.