William Charles Dixon, Esq.
William Charles Dixon affectionately known as “Bill, Billy and Billy D” to those who knew and loved him, was born on October 26, 1957 in Rockville Centre, New York to the late William Irving Dixon and the late Gwendolyn Sturgis Dixon. After a long battle with cancer, Bill passed away peacefully at home in the late afternoon of July 7, 2023. In classic Bill fashion, throughout his illness, Bill fought hard, and remained positive, always with a smile on his face. His unwavering faith in God brought him comfort, and he openly sought and embraced prayer during his journey.
Bill graduated from Hempstead High School, received his bachelor’s degree from Syracuse University and his J.D. from the University of Michigan. Prior to founding his law firm, Dixon and Associates, in 1987, Bill practiced law at several large, prominent Philadelphia law firms. He also practiced law in New York City and Boston, where he focused on defending large corporations and municipalities in products liability and personal injury lawsuits. He was a member in good standing of the Pennsylvania, New York, and Massachusetts Bars.
Although a lawyer by training for nearly 30 years, Bill focused on business support, entrepreneurial development, and start-ups. He was a co-founder of ProSolus Pharmaceuticals, which focused on transdermal products and was acquired by Mission Pharmacal. Bill was also a co-founder of SCILEX Pharmaceuticals, another company that focused on transdermal delivery systems and was acquired by Sorrento Therapeutics. As co-founder and Chief Operating Officer of Greene Street Pharmaceuticals, Bill enjoyed collaborating on projects that can have an immediate and positive impact on the lives of patients and physicians. Bill has had many accomplishments and held many titles in his life, but the role he was most proud of was being a family man. Bill met the love of his life, Kimberly Turner-Dixon, on July 16, 2003 on a blind date arranged by a mutual friend, Dr. Sandi Williams, who said she knew they would be perfect for each other. And she was definitely right. Bill and Kimberly were joined in holy matrimony in 2007 at All Hallows Episcopal Church in Wyncote, PA by the late Rt. Rev. Franklin D. Turner, the bride’s father. Bill brought to their union a young son, Gabe, from a previous marriage. Additionally, Bill and Kimberly were blessed to add a daughter, Kendall, to their family. Bill enjoyed all family holidays, traditions, and gatherings. He especially looked forward to creating memories during the annual Dixon Family Summer Vacations. Bill loved being a father and shared teachable moments with his children on a daily basis. Gabe and Kendall have a treasure trove of life lessons and priceless memories to hold onto. His signature phrase to the children was NMW - “No Matter What”. That simple phrase provided so much power and reassurance.
Bill was truly a Renaissance man. In addition to being an attorney and serial entrepreneur, he was also an art enthusiast. The Dixon home is filled with many original works from Muhamad Ali, Sam Gillian, Barbara Chase-Riboud, Hebert Gentry, Andrew Turner, and many other well-known artisans.
He loved politics, never missing the opportunity to vote in an election, or an opportunity to stay current on city, state, federal, and global policies. Additionally, Bill was passionate about his bee-keeping, spending hours in his hives to produce the most delicious honey. He was also a fastidious gardener who kept the grounds surrounding his home in immaculate condition at all times. Bill loved to travel domestically and internationally, and it was an added bonus when he could use his French-speaking skills during his travels. He was also very passionate about locally sourced coffee, artisan pastries, and homemade cookies. He was known by name at High Point, La Colombe, and Volo coffee shops, as well as Night Kitchen and Frosted Fox bakeries because he was a regular at these establishments. Bill was most definitely a foodie! He enjoyed dining out, and especially enjoyed “date nights” and “Uber Fridays” with Kimberly and home-cooked meals. Whether he was preparing meals or was the sous chef, family meals were always made with love, quality ingredients, and were a top priority.
Although a New Yorker by birth, Bill was most definitely a Philly sports fan. He was always cheering on the Eagles, Sixers, Flyers, and Phillies and passed on his love of these local teams to his children.
Bill was an active member board member of Brandywine Workshop and Archives (BWA). BWA is a diversity-driven, nonprofit cultural institution that produces and shares art to connect, inspire, and build bridges among global communities. Bill was also a proud father member of the Philadelphia Chapter of Jack and Jill of America.
Bill is survived by his wife Kimberly, children Gabe and Kendall, sister Carol Dixon Brown (Dr. Kenneth Brown), nephews Kenny Brown and Aaron Brown, niece Kelsey Brown, mother-in-law Barbara Dickerson Turner, sister-in-law Jennifer Turner Wamble (Brent Wamble), brother-in-law Dr. Franklin Turner, and two great nephews, his beloved Portuguese Water Dog, Ms. Ava, and thousands of bees he poured love into in his backyard that will continue buzzing in homage to their beloved beekeeper.