From The Record-Courier

Helen Westcott Dix, whose husband, the late Robert C. Dix, was publisher of the Record-Courier, died Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013, at Robinson Memorial Hospital in Ravenna following several years of declining health. She was 96.

Active in the community, she helped found, lead and participate in numerous civic undertakings, many of which she supported financially and with stories she wrote that were published in the Record-Courier.

She strongly supported charitable organizations in Portage County, her adopted home county, with her time and financial contributions. Kent State University, Hiram College, Robinson Memorial Hospital, the Coleman Foundation, the Burbick Foundation, the Portage County Gardeners, and the Portage Park District and Foundation were recipients of her generosity. Among other charitable institutions she supprted was her church, the United Methodist Church of Kent.

An energetic person, she was asked by many to volunteer because she was able to get the job done. She helped found the Kent League of Women Voters and was its last surviving charter member, the Kent State University Journalism Alumni Association, and the Blossom Music Center Women’s Committee, leading its Ohio chapter for a year shortly after Blossom Music Center opened in 1968.

During the 32 years her husband served as a trustee of Kent State University, Mrs. Dix regularly entertained guests of the university at their home in Kent, assisted with Kent State’s international student association, and avidly followed and supported Kent State’s intercollegiate sports teams. They befriended and enjoyed the company of many faculty members over the years.

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