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
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
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