WILLIAM COLLINS DIXON, III
FOUNDER AND CO-COORDINATOR OF THE JEFFERSON COUNTY NYGENWEB SITE
DIES 25 JANUARY 2013
Although his wife's name appears on every page of the website, it was Bill's hand that put it there. Bill proofread and uploaded every file, decided on the format of every page, decreed a "plain Jane" look for the site in general in the hope that it would make it easier for newbies and older folk like himself to navigate. He was an engineer with the New York State Department of Transportation and pioneered the use of computers for various clerical applications in the department. Still he humbly insisted he knew little about the workings of a computer.
Bill graduated from St. Lawrence University with a degree in geology, and later from Union College with a master's degree in mathematics, yet spent his working life as a civil engineer, never having had any specific college preparation for engineering. He spent the last few, and most enjoyable years of his professional career, as an adjunct professor at Union University, teaching such courses as strength of materials. A Phi Beta Kappa student, he was first flute with the St. Lawrence University orchestra, and was associated with community orchestras most of his life.
His interest in family history was life long. He listened with appreciation to the stories of his father and grandfather and other relatives when he was a child, and with a phenomenal memory, he stored up the tales and encouraged others to do so likewise. He took pride in knowing all his forebears for five generations back. For him, genealogy was not a collection of names and dates, but a gathering of real people, their history and foibles, people he found fascinating.
His wife will continue to add to the Jefferson County site, handicapped by lack of his so generous and ever ready support, sharp eye for typos, and constant encouragement for plain, clear writing. It was an everlasting joke between them that he wanted to know the grammatical antecedents of a sentence, as well as the human antecedents of a pedigree.
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