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Founding President Passes Away
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Ruth Kenworthy Dixon, 91, volunteer
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., Nov. 16, 2013 – Ruth Kenworthy Dixon, 91, a volunteer for more than 60 years for medical, health and other charitable organizations, died today at Sunrise Senior Living, Cascade.
Born in Richmond, Ind., and raised chiefly in Columbus, Ohio, Dixon came to Grand Rapids – the hometown of her husband, Willis L. Dixon (1922-2008) – as a young mother in 1953 after he was discharged from the U.S. Navy. The couple met in 1947 in Philadelphia, where he was a medical student and she was a social worker, and married in 1948.
Beginning in the early 1950s, the chief focus of Dixon’s volunteer energies was the Kent County and Michigan chapters of the American Medical Society Auxiliary, an association of doctors’ wives that advocated on health-related issues. She began as a model in the fashion show which was then a regular feature at the group’s annual state convention and went on to serve as president of the county (1972-73) and state (1976-77) chapters, and as recording secretary (1981-82) for the national organization.
Physician-patient arbitration was a top issue during Dixon’s presidency of the state chapter. “We were on the threshold of concerted efforts by the legal profession to litigate,” said Barbara Grennan (MSMSA president, 1981). “Arbitration was our attempt to halt the escalating rise in lawsuits against physicians.”
Dixon was also active in the Michigan Heart Association (chair of Kent County unit, 1957), Camp Blodgett’s Babies Welfare Guild (president, 1988-89), Michigan Blood Bank, Mary Catherine Guild of St. Mary’s Hospital and the Kendall Guild of Butterworth Hospital. In addition, she was an officer of the East Grand Rapids Parent-Teachers Association (PTA) and, as a 1945 graduate of Ohio State University (B.A. in social work) living in U.M. territory, enjoyed helping to organize the Ohio State Alumni of Greater Grand Rapids, which she served as founding president in 1969.
“Most of this volunteer work was not glamorous,” said Dixon’s son, Mark, of Wayne, Pa., who remembered his mother spending weeks in 1963 to sell Christmas cards that funded the work of the Michigan Heart Association. “But she thought the goals were important. If she’d been of a later generation, I think she would have been CEO of something.”
Dixon was last active as a volunteer in 2008, when she served refreshments to donors at the Michigan Blood Bank.
Dixon also loved fashion, and rarely discarded a garment. Many of her outfits were donated to the Grand Rapids Museum. According to curator Veronica Kandl, the garments – including a sleeveless polyester Lacoste tennis dress from the 1970s and “a wonderful 1980s pink ultra suede trench coat” – helped fill gaps in the museum’s collection of popular fashions for West Michigan women.
In her family, Dixon is remembered for her pies and for what her late husband called “a mean sugar cookie.”
Dixon will be missed by three children: Mark E. Dixon (Cynthia), Wayne, Pa.; Jeffrey E. Dixon (Mary), Ada; Jane Elizabeth Moore (Mike), Little Rock, Ark.; seven grandchildren: Abigail and Rachel Dixon, Wayne, Pa.; Max and Margo Dixon, Ada, Mich.; John A. Riggs of Colorado Springs, Colo., Patrick Riggs (Irene) of Albuquerque, N.M., Thomas Riggs of Fayetteville, Ark.
Dixon's family thanks Deborah Rost and the loving, caring staff of Sunrise Senior Living of Cascade for their years of extraordinary care for their mother.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to Mercy Health / St. Mary’s Foundation or Camp Blodgett’s Babies Welfare Guild.
Visitation at Metcalf-Jonkhoff Funeral Home, 4291 Cascade Road, S.E., Grand Rapids, from 5-8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 22. Memorial service at Sunrise Senior Living of Cascade, 3041 Charlevoix Drive, S.E., Grand Rapids 1:30-2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 23. Interment private.