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First female bishop of Washington to address R-MWC grads

Rt. Reverend Jane Holmes Dixon is member of Class of 1959

4/22/2003 11:22:38 AM


LYNCHBURG, Va.— The Right Reverend Jane Holmes Dixon '59, Bishop of Washington, Pro tempore (retired), will be the 2003 Commencement Speaker at Randolph-Macon Woman's College. Reverend Dixon, only the second female bishop elected in the Episcopal Church in the USA and the third in the worldwide Anglican Communion, will address the members of the graduating class during the College's commencement ceremony in the Mabel Whiteside Dell at 10:00 A.M. on Sunday, May 18, 2003.

Bishop Dixon attended Randolph-Macon Woman's College from 1955 through 1958, and earned her B.A. and M.A.T. degrees from Vanderbilt University in 1959 and 1962 respectively. She earned a Master of Divinity degree from Virginia Theological Seminary in 1981 and a Doctor of Divinity degree in 1993, also from Virginia Theological Seminary. She was elected as suffragan bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington in May of 1992. In January of 2001 she was named Bishop of Washington, Pro tempore by the Standing Committee of the Diocese.

Randolph-Macon Woman's College honored Bishop Dixon with the prestigious Alumnae Achievement Award in 1997, and she was named one of the "2001 Washingtonians of the Year" by Washingtonian Magazine. She is the immediate past president of the Interfaith Alliance, which promotes religious cooperation and social justice, and serves on the Board of Trustees at Virginia Theological Seminary. She and her husband David Dixon, a retired attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice, live in the Washington area and have three grown children.

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