Two-Time Ward 3 Candidate Ruth Dixon
Post, August 12, 2004
[Ruth Dixon was a leader in the fight against the
Congressional veto of the D.C. sodomy law repeal in 1981. -Bob]
Ruth Priest Dixon, 82, a former president of the League
of Women Voters of the National Capital Area, died Aug. 8 at the Collington
Episcopal Life Care Community in Mitchellville, where she lived. She had
Mrs. Dixon, a Democrat and former Washington resident,
was a former chairwoman of Advisory Neighborhood Commission 3F, in Ward 3’s
North Cleveland Park/Forest Hills area.
In the mid-1980s, she published the District Council
Journal, a monthly newsletter of D.C. Council legislative activities, and was
an unsuccessful candidate for the council in 1982 and 1986.
She was a native of Fort Worth and a 1942 graduate of
Texas Christian University. She received a master’s degree in political
science from George Washington University in 1962, shortly after settling in
the Washington area.
Earlier, she traveled around the world with her
husbands—the first was an engineer, the second, a Foreign Service
official—and wrote historical books.
She did volunteer work for the National Archives and
compiled a three-volume index of 50,000 early merchant seamen records. She
also wrote a history of her family.
She was a former member of the Committee of 100 on the
Federal City, a lay member of a panel on professional responsibility of the
D.C. Bar and a moderator in small claims court.
She moved to Collington in 1991, where she was president
of the residents’ association and of the Collington board.
At her death, she was a member of New York Avenue
Presbyterian Church in Washington.
Her first husband, Robert W. Strong, died in 1958.
Survivors include her husband of 44 years, Roger C. Dixon
of Mitchellville; two sons from her first marriage, Michael A. Strong of Kenya
and Peter T. Strong of Hartford, Conn.; and four grandchildren.
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