In Memoriam


In Memory of

Sandra Elaine Dixon

September 28, 1960 - January 25, 2019


Sandra Elaine Dixon passed away on Friday, January 25, 2019 at her home in Brooklyn, New York. She was 58 years old and had been suffering from cervical cancer.

Sandra was born on September 28, 1960 in New Haven, Connecticut, to Samuel Edgar Dixon and the late Winifred Louise Virtue Dixon, both of New Haven. Sandra was a granddaughter of Florence Sinclair Virtue and William Virtue as well as Edgar Dixon and Eva Dixon. Sandra was also a daughter-in-law of the late U.S. Representative Major R. Owens (D-NY).

Sandra Dixon graduated with honors from James Hillhouse High School. She was a cello student at the Neighborhood Music School, and a member of the All-State Orchestra. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts, and her Master's degree from The New School for Social Research (The Milano School) in New York.

After her graduation from Clark, Sandra Dixon worked for then-Congressman Bruce Morrison (D-CT) and several not-for-profit organizations in Washington, DC. In 1989, she started her tenure with the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey as a transportation analyst, manager, and environmental justice specialist. She retired in October, 2018 due to her illness.

In Brooklyn, Ms. Dixon was active in her local community, participating in civic and political activities.

Ms. Dixon married Hon. Christopher R. Owens of Brooklyn, New York, on September 15, 1990 in Chilmark, Massachusetts. Mr. Owens is a community activist, non-profit administrator and former Democratic Party State Committee member who is currently working with the Brooklyn District Attorney's office.

Ms. Dixon is survived by her husband, her sons Elijah Dixon Owens, 21, and Sampson Omari Dixon Owens, 18, her father, numerous Virtue, Dixon, Epps and Russell cousins, and many friends in the New Haven, Washington and New York metropolitan areas.

There will be a memorial service for Sandra Elaine Dixon in Brooklyn, New York, on Sunday, March 3, 2019. For more information, please visit

Published in The New Haven Register on Feb. 3, 2019


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