J. Dixon Reilley
Oct. 1, 1928 - June 5, 2013
Resident of San Mateo
Passed away peacefully on June 5th at the age of 84. Dixon was born in Honolulu, HI, to John Thomas Reilley and Beatrice Burnett Oliphant. He spent his youth in Hawaii, forming a life-long connection with the islands. Dixon graduated from Roosevelt High School in 1946. Having experienced the events at Pearl Harbor and supported the war effort in high school, Dixon enlisted in the Army and was stationed in Hilo until honorably discharged in December 1947. He moved to New Zealand to attend university in Christchurch, then started a long career in internal audit management. Dixon left for San Francisco, CA, to join the US Army Audit Agency and was re-assigned to Paris, France, where he met his wife of 50 years, Aleth Brenot. The couple lived in France, Germany and Italy before relocating to the Bay Area in 1968, settling down with their three children in the San Mateo Highlands. Dixon continued his audit career at NASA Ames Research Center, then at AMI/Gould, earning his MBA in 1978. He was a driving force in several professional organizations - President and Governor of the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA), San Jose, and Director and Treasurer of the Professional Association of Exporters and Importers (PAEI). Dixon stayed active in the community. He participated in a Stanford coronary primary prevention trial, volunteered at Kaiser Hospital, championed local homeowner issues, and was a CERT community emergency responder. Highly respected for his integrity, sense of humor and gentle charm, Dixon never lost his passion for technology, solving problems, and interacting with all sorts of people. He was a loving husband and partner to his wife Aleth, devoted father to son J. Dominic Reilley (Shari), daughters Beatrice Reilley and Natalie Reilley-Cobene (Robert), and doting grandfather to Jack, Nick, Zoe and Charlotte. Also, dedicated uncle to the Milltons. He was pre-deceased by his only sibling Joan Reilley Millton. Aloha, Dixon, you have made an impact on many lives and we are thankful for it.
The family invites all who knew him to attend a Memorial celebration Saturday, June 22, at 3 pm at St. Matthew's Episcopal Church in San Mateo. In lieu of flowers, friends may consider a memorial donation to the Bishop Museum in Honolulu www.bishopmuseum.org
Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on June 16, 2013