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Obituary: Richard E. “Dick” Dixon

Retired Fairfax attorney Richard E. “Dick” Dixon died July 12. He was 88.

Born in Sacramento, California, Mr. Dixon moved to Virginia at age 11. He earned his undergraduate degree from Duke University, where he was active in multiple student organizations and captain of the cross-country team.

Mr. Dixon returned to Virginia to earn his law degree from the University of Virginia. Afterwards, he joined an Arlington law firm before becoming an assistant commonwealth’s attorney in Fairfax.

Later, Mr. Dixon would serve as a principal in several Fairfax firms, including Dixon & Horan, Dixon & Smith and Dixon, Smith & Stahl. In all, Mr. Dixon would spend 50 years practicing in his own firms. After retirement from active practice, Mr. Dixon served as an arbitrator for commercial and construction disputes.

Mr. Dixon was a founding member of the Construction Law and Public Contracts section of the Virginia State Bar and served as its first chairman. He was also honored as Arlington County’s “Man of the Year” for his campaign to build the Sheltered Occupational Center. Throughout his career, Mr. Dixon was a frequent speaker at CLE programs and wrote many articles on construction law.

Aside from the law, Mr. Dixon was also a published author on American history. His writing credits include “The Virginia Presidents: A Travel and History Guide” among other works. He also co-founded the Thomas Jefferson Heritage Society, where he served as president. As a young man, Mr. Dixon served in the U.S. Marine Corps as an infantry and reconnaissance training officer.

Mr. Dixon is survived by his wife of 61 years, Trudy; his children, Richard, David, Beth and Rebecca; and nine grandchildren.