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In loving memory of
Jo Dixon
  • November 20, 1949
  • -
  • March 07, 2020

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Jo Dixon, 70, passed away unexpectedly, on March 7, 2020, at her home in Estero, FL.   A professor of sociology at New York University until her retirement last year, Jo received a BA in sociology at the University of North Carolina, Greensborough in 1972, her MA in sociology at Emory University in 1981, and her PhD in sociology at Indiana University in 1989.  Jo was an accomplished and highly regarded scholar known for her research on criminal sentencing, domestic and sexual violence, and gender discrimination in the legal profession. She also was a committed and award-winning teacher and mentor at the NYU campuses in New York, Prague and Abu Dhabi.  Jo served in leadership and editorial positions in several professional associations.

Jo had an inspiring sense of adventure and curiosity. She was beloved by her family and friends, maintaining strong, cherished bonds for decades. She had a wonderful laugh, cheered for her friends’ successes and comforted them at times of sadness and loss.

Jo was born in Dunn, North Carolina on November 20, 1949.  Her parents were Wallace and Annie Laurie Dixon.   She is survived by her loving husband, Mari C. Engracia, her brother Wallace (Dana) Dixon, sisters-in-law Danna Sue Dixon and Ann Tart Dixon, as well her stepchildren, Jennifer, Judith and Jay and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents and her brothers EB Dixon and David Dixon. Memorial contributions can be made to the American Tinnitus Association.

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  1. Robert D. Weide says:
    27 Jan 2022
    I'm terribly sad to find long after the fact that you passed in March of 2020. I can never thank you enough for your recruiting me to graduate school at NYU, your mentorship, your infallible kindness, and most of all, your infatigable patience with me throughout my rather troublesome graduate career. You are much appreciated and will never be forgotten.

  2. Liena Gurevich says:
    13 Mar 2020
    Jo was generous, peaceful and loving person. She will be greatly missed as a friend, mentor and professional. Very sad news indeed...Please, rest in peace and love! Thank you for everything! Liena Gurevich.

  3. Earnest Dixon says:
    11 Mar 2020
    Aunt Jo,
    Rest In Peace.
    No more suffering, no more pain.
    What a fine, remarkable life you lived. We are proud of your legacy.
    Atlanta Dixon’s

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