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April 4, 2007

Updated Friday, April 6, 2007 4:49 PM

Longtime University Symphony Conductor Dixon Dies

James A. Dixon, professor emeritus of the University of Iowa School of Music, longtime conductor of the UI Symphony Orchestra, and former music director and conductor of the Quad City Symphony Orchestra, died Tuesday, April 3 in Iowa City at the age of 78. His death was attributed to complications from pneumonia and flu, for which he had been hospitalized for about 10 days.

A memorial celebration will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 28 in the UI's Clapp Recital Hall. Memorials may be directed to the Dixon/Hibbard Scholarship Fund at the University of Iowa Foundation, PO Box 4550, Iowa City, Iowa, 52244-4550.

For Dixon's obituary, visit Lensing Funeral & Cremation Service.

For news stories about Dixon's death, visit the Quad City Times and the Iowa City Press-Citizen.

For a profile of Dixon, a recipient of the UI Distinguished Alumni Award, visit

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