Jim Dillon, an athletic director for 38 years in Anne Arundel County high schools, serving at Andover (1961-1975) and Old Mill (1975-1999), died Thursday at 66 of a rare blood disorder.
Dillon, a onetime coach who graduated from Shepherd College (W.Va.), hired four coaches who would be inducted into the Anne Arundel County Sports Hall of Fame.
The native of Hedgesville, W.Va., was a charter member of the county coaches association, was named National Athletic Director of the Year in 1987, was inducted into the Maryland State Athletic Directors Hall of Fame in 2000 and received the Steve Carroll Award for dedication to Anne Arundel County athletics.
Old Mill named its gymnasium after him upon his retirement in 1999.
A viewing will be held today from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. at Hardesty Funeral Home in Annapolis, with a memorial service to follow at 4 p.m. tomorrow at Weems Creek Baptist Church in Annapolis. Dillon will be buried in Martinsburg, W.Va., on Monday.