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I thought that some would like to know that another of our faculty has passed away

Ralph Eugene Dixon

Ralph Eugene Dixon, a resident of Albuquerque since 1945, passed away on Monday, January 15, 2018 at the age of 93 years. Ralph was married for 57 years to Edna Faye Dixon, who passed away seven years ago. He is survived by his three children, Kathy Hands, Jane Dixon-House, and David Charles Dixon; seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; nephew, Tom Podleski; devoted friend, Joel Mark McCrillis; and other relatives and friends.

Ralph was born in 1924 in Covell, IL and served as a Control Tower Operator in the Army Air Corps during WWII. He attended and graduated from the University of New Mexico where he received his Bachelor's and Master's Degrees. The majority of Ralph's life was dedicated to church and community. He was a founding member of St. John's Methodist Church and later transferred to First United Methodist Church. Ralph and Edna spent 15 years in the Vineyard Community and 15 years in the Manzano del Sol Community, where he was beloved. He retired from Albuquerque Public Schools where he was a teacher, counselor, principal, and administrator. Ralph was highly involved in the development of such programs as New Futures, Freedom High, Schools on Wheels, and Bilingual Education. His passions included the arts, music, reading, a good debate, and gamesmanship. Ralph's presence will be missed, but his effect will last forever.

Cremation has taken place and a celebration for a life well lived will take place Saturday, February 10, 2018, 2:00 p.m. at Manzano Del Sol Village, 5201 Roma Ave NE, Albuquerque, NM 87108.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Ralph's name to Muscular Sclerosis Association, 3540 Pan American Fwy # F, Albuquerque, NM 87107; American Diabetes Association, Arizona & New Mexico 5333 N. 7th Street Suite B-212 Phoenix, Arizona, 85014; or Alzheimer's Association, 9500 Montgomery Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87111.

Please visit our online guestbook for Ralph at

Published in Albuquerque Journal from Jan. 21 to Feb. 4, 2018