If you've ever followed my links to the website the Episcopal Church and the Visual Arts, you might have run across an article or two by one of my former professors: John W. Dixon.
During my long Undergraduate career at UNC-Chapel Hill, I was fortunate to have several truly brilliant professors. I was fortunate too that ( during those years) it was possible to drop their courses just before finals.
Doctor Dixon was one of those.
Granted, he wasn't the easiest lecturer to comprehend. If you read some of his early papers, you'll see that a lot of his writing was mired in that antique academic style that we all know and loathe. But, if you slog through it, there's some wonderful stuff.
Fortunately, his style of writing loosened up, over the years. And, in some of his more recent articles, there is a vitality to his writing that gives the reader a much better impression of the agile mind behind it.
He retired from UNC in 1987. He and his wife established the Vivian and John Dixon Award for Graduate Study in Art and Religion at UNC.
John W. Dixon died on October 17th at the age of 85.