Dr. William DixonPsychiatristA Mass of Christian burial...


October 25, 1991

Dr. William Dixon


A Mass of Christian burial for Dr. William T. Dixon, a psychiatrist who began the alcoholism program at the Sheppard and Enoch Pratt Hospital, will be offered at 11:30 a.m. today at St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church, 101 Church Lane in Texas.

Dr. Dixon, who was 73, died Tuesday of cancer at his home in Phoenix.

He retired in 1977 as director of the program, which included an introduction to Alcoholics Anonymous as well as education, evaluation and treatment. Dr. Dixon had headed the program since 1971 and was assistant director of training at the hospital since 1969.

In his teaching, Dr. Dixon would send young doctors to Alcoholics Anonymous meetings to learn about the disease.

After retirement from directing the alcoholism program, Dr. Dixon returned to private practice until his final retirement in 1984.

Last year, the hospital named him an honorary staff member. He also was a life fellow of the American Psychiatric Association.

He first started private practice in Baltimore in 1949. With time out to serve in the Army Medical Corps as a captain and chief of psychiatry at the Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., he continued private practice until he joined the staff at Sheppard Pratt.

He served on the Medical and Chirurgical Faculty of Maryland board that deals with doctors impaired by alcohol or drugs, and from 1977 until 1984 was a part-time psychiatrist at the Eastern Community Mental Health Center in Essex.

An instructor in psychiatry at the Johns Hopkins medical school from 1950 until 1984, he was an assistant professor of psychiatry at the University of Maryland medical school from 1970 until 1984.

He was born in Philadelphia but reared at Worton Creek in Kent County.

He was a 1936 graduate of the Gilman School, a 1940 graduate of Princeton University and a 1943 graduate of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. He then did his internship and became co-chief resident in internal medicine at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Moving to New York City, he served a residency in psychiatry at the Payne Whitney Psychiatric Clinic of the New York Hospital-CornellMedical Center and was an instructor at the Cornell medical school there.

He is survived by his wife, the former Patricia Mary Coles, whom he married in 1946; four daughters, Natalie D. McCeney, Sarah D. Isaacs and Frances D. Roomets, all of Baltimore, and Patricia D. Siegel, of Cle Elum, Wash.; a son, William T. Dixon III of Boston; and five grandchildren.

The family suggested memorial contributions to the Oncology Support Group at Greater Baltimore Medical Center or to Stella Maris Hospice Care Program.

W. R. Zittle Sr.

Retired policeman

A Mass of Christian burial for William R. Zittle Sr., a retired Baltimore policeman, will be offered at 10 a.m. today at St. Isaac Jogues Roman Catholic Church, 9215 Old Harford Road.

Mr. Zittle, who was 48 and lived on Ranger Court in Cub Hill, died Monday after a heart attack while on vacation in Ocean City.

He retired as a patrolman in 1978 after losing sight in one eye in an automobile accident during a chase.

A policeman for 11 years, he was stationed in the Northeastern District. At his death, he was a shift security supervisor at Towson TownCenter, where he had worked for nearly a year.

Since his retirement, he had also worked as a dispatcher for Healthco International, as a warehouse supervisor for Raymond International and as a project manager for two mechanical contractors, Johnson Controls and Certified Mechanical Contractors.

Born in Baltimore, he was a graduate of the MergenthaleVocational-Technical High School.

In addition to serving in the Police Department, he was a formesergeant in the National Guard.

A former president of the Knettishall Improvement Association, he started the Knettishall Youth Club while he held the office.

He is survived by his wife, the former Mary Ann Bogdan; three sons, William R. Zittle IV of Abingdon and Dennis M. and Timothy C. Zittle, both of Cub Hill; his mother and stepfather, Anna and William L. Smith, both of Baltimore; a brother, Robert Zittle of Arnold; two stepsisters, Catherine Smith and Evelyn Hudson, both of Baltimore; and a grandson.

Mildred C. Butler

Retired clerk of court

Services for Mildred C. Butler, who served 16 years as clerk of the Caroline County Circuit Court after a 35-year career as a legal secretary, will be held at 2 p.m. today at the Moore Funeral Home in Denton.

Mrs. Butler, who was 84, died Monday at the Cherrywood Manor Nursing Home in Reisterstown of complications from a series of strokes.

Mrs. Butler retired from public life in 1982 after being defeated in a bid for a fifth term as clerk at age 75.

A native of Denton, the former Mildred Collison became secretary to the late W. Brewster Deen, a prominent Caroline County lawyer, after graduating from Denton High School. She worked for Mr. Deen for 30 years.

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