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Two-Time Ward 3 Candidate Ruth Dixon

Washington 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 cancer.

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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