Longtime attorney, active businessman, and avid advocate for the arts, William C. Dixon, 65, of Philadelphia, died Friday, July 7, of metastatic lung cancer at his home in West Mount Airy.
Selective in his interests, driven by his nature to achieve, and committed to helping others succeed as well, Mr. Dixon has combined his legal experience with an innovative business sense to launch several profitable start-ups and found his own law firm specializing in personal cases. Incidences and small business development.
“It was the greatest human manifestation of tenacity I have ever witnessed,” said Clay Armbrister, a fellow law school student.
Mr. Dixon co-founded Gold Coast Trading Co., Green Street Pharmaceuticals, ProSolus Pharmaceuticals, and Scilex Pharmaceuticals, and helped organize several other start-ups. In the courtroom, Mr. Dixon served as a deputy New York District Attorney in the 1980s, and later as an assistant and senior corporate attorney in Philadelphia and Boston.
He said on his personal page that he founded Dixon & Partners in 1987 website“To bring the expertise and mindset of a great law firm to the benefit of individuals. … It’s a very personal approach not found in many law firms in the Philadelphia area.
He worked with the Urban League of New York as a young man, took an interest in politics and current events, and filled his Philadelphia home with original art, especially contemporary African American abstracts. He was a member of the board of directors for the Brandywine Archives and Workshop, and was a trustee of the Philadelphia Dance Company.
“We will be remembered for Bill’s brilliant smile, his curiosity about the creative process, and his joy in learning what inspires artists,” Alan Edmunds, founder of the Brandywine Archives and Workshop, said in an article. regards. “Our societies are made stronger by the laws of the world,” said US Representative Dwight Evans.
In a letter of condolence to Mr. Dixon’s wife, Kimberly Turner-Dixon, Vice President Kamala Harris said Mr. Dixon “approached life with an empowering sense of adventure and determination. His greatest passion, however, was his family.”
William Charles Dixon was born on October 26, 1957, in Rockville Center, New York. He was a teen in the Nassau County Choir, received statewide recognition from the American Legion for his interest in local government, and developed a passion for law after watching TV attorneys Perry Mason and Owen Marshall.
He worked nights to earn a bachelor’s degree in political science from Syracuse University in 1979 and a law degree from the University of Michigan in 1982. He married Fenoris Bouldin, but they later divorced. He married Dunya Lancaster, and they had a son, Gabe.
“My goals are to make societal contributions and pursue personal development while fulfilling my commitment to helping disadvantaged citizens whenever possible.”
After his second divorce, Dixon met Kimberly Turner on a date in 2003. “It was like we’d known each other for years,” she said. They married in 2007, had a daughter, Kendall, and lived in West Mount Airy.
Mr. Dixon was an avid gardener and tended the bumblebee hives in his backyard. He was active with the Philadelphia chapter of the American Jack and Jill Foundation, spent a semester in France as an undergraduate, and impressed community leaders during their visit to Ghana so much that they held a formal celebration in his honor.
“Bill was friendly to everyone no matter their situation or mood,” said Sandy Williams, a longtime friend who introduced Dixon to his wife. “We used to tease him, saying, ‘Here comes a friend from the friendless.’” “For Bill, the world was truly his oyster,” said college friend Ted Goldman.
Mr. Dixon was a devoted father and husband who made handwritten sentimental cards for his children and took care of every detail on nights out with his wife. He’s arranged unforgettable camping trips and family vacations, and sprinkled nearly every conversation with his signature “NMW” reminder that he’s there for everyone “no matter what.”
“He had a way of making things positive,” his wife said. “He was a calming force.”
He eschewed his hometown sports teams in New York to cheer on the Eagles, Phillies, 76ers and Flyers, and was a regular at several local coffee shops and bakeries. “My father embodied resilience and positivity, and left an indelible mark on my life,” his daughter said. “His expressions of love were beautifully simple.”
His son said: “His passion turned the mundane into the wondrous. …We found joy together no matter what situation we were in, which is perfect under imperfect circumstances.
In addition to his wife, children, and ex-wives, Mr. Dixon left behind a sister and other relatives.
The celebration of his life was held on 14 July.
Donations may be made in his name to Brandywine Workshop and Archives730 South Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19146.