Dr. Marguerite Dixon, Educator & Health Administrator, Retired (Illinois) Dr. Dixon attended Pine Forge Academy in her senior year, and was a member of the first graduating class (1947). She earned a BA from Emmanuel Missionary College (now Andrews University), B.S., M.S., and Ph. D from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). Dr. Dixon began her professional career as a Research Assistant at the Michael Reese Research Institute in Chicago, and later in the UIC College of Dentistry. As a professional nurse, she held several staff and administrative nurse positions prior to becoming the Assistant Director of Nursing in the UIC Hospital's Neuropsychiatric Institute. In the UIC College of Nursing, Dr. Dixon coordinated the Graduate Program in the Department of Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing. She is a Fellow of the Ethnic/Racial Minority Fellowship Programs [funded by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)]. NIMH funded her for the competitive Faculty Development Award which supported residence and study in several U. S. universities. Supported by UIC's College of Nursing and several community organizations, Marguerite and a nurse colleague provided health services in selected Chicago communities until her retirement. Moreover, at Chicago State University, she served a dual role as Interim Dean of the College of Nursing and the College of Allied Health, until the two Colleges were combined. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International Society of Nursing. Recently, the Marguerite Anderson Dixon Fund was established at the University of Illinois to support African-American nurses matriculating in the UIC PhD Program. The fund is so named because Dr. Dixon was the first African-American graduate of UIC’s College of Nursing to earn the PhD Degree. Dr. Dixon has faithfully served Pine Forge Academy Foundation in several capacities including Chair of the Endowments and Scholarships Committee and a dedicated scholarship benefactor. Her daughter, Marguerite Elise, and son-in-law, Bruce, are parents of Marguerite’s grandson, Jordan and granddaughter, Taylor. Her granddaughter Taylor, was Pine Forge Academy 2016 Class Valedictorian and Female Student of the Year. Dr. Dixon has one son, Relyea Paul.
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