Dr. William T. Dixon, a psychiatrist who began the alcoholism program at the Sheppard and Enoch Pratt Hospital, died Tuesday of cancer at his home in Phoenix. He was 73.
A mass of Christian burial for Dr. Dixon was being offered today at St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church, 101 Church Lane in Texas.
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, he would send young doctors to Alcoholics Anonymous meetings to learn about the disease.
After retiring as director of the alcoholism program, he 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 University 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 ofPrinceton 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-Cornell Medical 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 3rd 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.