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Cynthia Dixon

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Cynthia Redding White Dixon 1942-2011 Cynthia W. Dixon, 69, of Great Barrington and St. Pete Beach, Fla., died at Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg, Fla., on December 24 after a brief illness. The daughter of the late H. Edward and Ida White, Cynthia was born on March 1, 1942, in Lynbrook, N.Y. A 1960 graduate of Newtown (Conn.) High School, she graduated from Oberlin College in 1964 with a bachelor's degree in music and later earned a master's degree from Converse College. An excellent harpsichordist, Cynthia was head of the music department at Berkshire School in Sheffield from 1974 to 1978. After her marriage in 1978 to Thomas H. Dixon, she joined him at the Packer Collegiate Institute in Brooklyn, N.Y., where he was science department chair. In 1980, the Dixons returned to Sheffield, where Mr. Dixon became director of development at Berkshire. Cynthia was coordinator of the school's equestrian program and became an accomplished rider herself. After spending the 1990-91 school year with her husband at the Sevenoaks School in Kent, England, Cynthia operated Dixon Antiques from their home in Sheffield. Antiquing was a passion she indulged in until her death. Among the organizations Cynthia supported were Camp Sloane YMCA in Lakeville, Conn., to which she donated a boathouse, and Berkshire School, where in 1996 the Thomas H. and Cynthia W. Dixon Fund for Performing and Fine Arts was established. Besides her husband of 33 years, Cynthia is survived by her brother, Edward B. White and his wife, Donna, of Litchfield Park, Ariz., and by nieces Dagne Monson, Marnie Zimmerman, and Jeanine Lundeberg. She was predeceased by another brother, Norman. FUNERAL NOTICE: A memorial service celebrating the life of Cynthia White Dixon will be at 12 p.m. on Saturday, January 21, 2012, at Beach Memorial Chapel, 301 Corey Ave, St. Pete Beach, FL. After another memorial service this summer in Sheffield, her ashes will be buried in the family plot there. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Suncoast Hospice Foundation, 5771 Roosevelt Blvd.,Clearwater, FL 33760.

Published in The Berkshire Eagle on Jan. 4, 2012
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