Allan Nixon, age 86, passed away peacefully on June 9, 2014 following a brief illness. Allan, born in Jersey City, was the son of Allan (Sr.) and Helen (Flagg). He is predeceased by his wife, Marion (Beaman) Nixon and his brother, George. Surviving Allan are his children: daughters, Laurie (Stephen) Nixon-Reinke, Elizabeth (Terence) Nixon Moynihan, Barbara Allan (Michael) Nixon Clarke and his son, Allan Grant Nixon. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Ryan and Eileen Moynihan, David and Michael William Clarke; his sister-in-law, Patricia Nixon; several nieces, nephews, cousins and many close friends. Allan was educated in the Jersey City public schools. He sang soprano in the Trinity Chapel Choir in NYC. As an accomplished musician, Allan had a regional dance band in New Jersey and on the night club and resort circuit in the Catskills (including the Lorraine Hotel). His music supported show business personalities including Henny Youngman, Alan King, Ray Nance and Harry Belafonte. He enlisted in the army at the end of WW II and was with the Sound Off Soldier Show in the European theater (vocalist and saxophonist). Allan graduated from the Parsons School of Design and New York University (Political Science). Art, writing, music and political activism were his vocations and avocations. Allan worked 35 years in advertising and marketing as an artist and writer for Interpublic Co., BBD&O (NYC), Riger Advertising (Binghamton), and Proctor and Gamble Pharmaceutical Division (Norwich, NY). His creative work appeared in newspapers, magazines, on TV, at business conventions and in supermarkets. Allan worked on the presidential campaigns of Dwight Eisenhower and Richard Nixon. He was trustee for Americans United for Separation of Church and State; Coordinator of the Southern Tier Coalition for Public Education; served in various PTA positions as well as on the Board of Managers of the NY State PTA (Legislative Chairman). Allan's 2003 book/memoir, "It's Been Extraordinary" details his life experiences and includes his numerous guest articles published in the Binghamton Press and Sun Bulletin. During retirement he was the proud third president of Lyceum (Binghamton University Affiliation), a lifetime learning organization and he held a weekly spot on Public Access TV entitled, "Allan Nixon's Grand Tour", where he presented his political theory and commentary backed up by the teachings of the great philosophers in past and present history. "The Grand Tour" makes reference to his trips to Europe, Asia, America's National Parks and historic sites. On his Spain trip, he met his cherished friends, Chuck and Barbara Goodwin. He enjoyed annual family vacations in Ocean Grove, NJ with his beloved cousins, May and Louise. Foremost, Allan was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. "He came, he saw, he listened, he did, and in turn, he left." A celebration of Allan's life will be held Saturday, June 14 at 4:00 p.m. at the Ernest H. Parsons Funeral Home, 71 Main St., Binghamton, NY. Also, family and friends are invited Saturday from 2-4 p.m. at the funeral home. Interment will be at the convenience of the family. Those wishing may direct memorial donations to Lyceum/Graduate School of Education, Binghamton University, PO Box 6000, Binghamton, NY 13902. Please visit our website www.parsonsfuneral.com to offer your condolences.
Ernest H. Parsons Funeral Home
71 Main St. Binghamton, NY 13905
Published in Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin from June 11 to June 13, 2014