OBITUARY: Coronado Eagle & Journal
Dix Knight Brow: 1922 - 2009
Longtime Coronado resident and active community member Dix Brow passed away Jan. 22. As the son of a U.S. Navy officer, Dix lived in many beautiful places worldwide, yet his teen years in Coronado made him feel that the Crown City was his hometown. After Coronado High School graduation (1940,) Dix attended Stanford University, but his studies were placed on hold during World War II. He served in the Army Air Corps at Fort Dix, (yes, really!) N.J. and during one of his trips to New York City to enjoy the fine arts scene, he met Barbara Guild. Their mutual love of classical music and theater turned into a love for one another that flourished over nearly 62 years of marriage. After World War II, Dix completed his degree in music and theatre arts at UCLA, then the desire to raise children in an ideal location steered Dix and Barbie straight to Coronado in 1950 (no better choice, their children agree.) During the next two decades, Dix enjoyed sailing, competing in yacht races to Acapulco and Hawaii and serving as Commodore of Coronado Yacht Club in 1961 and the San Diego Association of Yacht Clubs in 1964. Never motivated by a 9 to 5 type of career, Dix turned his sailing skills into a yacht delivery business - returning the racing yachts from the finish line back to their home clubs. In the 1970s, Dix's knowledge and experience with navigating the waters, ports and local customs of Mexico led him to write a book, “Boating in Mexico” (later followed by “Sea of Cortez Guide”) and a monthly column for SEA Magazine. His early work was well-received and thereafter, Dix enjoyed a long and very successful career as a writer and magazine columnist. His portfolio, too large to enumerate, primarily focused on recreational vehicle travel. Dix's favorite column, however, was his Unhandyman persona for Trailblazer (Thousand Trails' national magazine.) The Unhandyman, which debuted in the early 1980s and continued for approximately 25 years, toiled and tackled RV problems and sticky situations, providing “sugar-coated education” and humor to his readers. Dix also had a heart for community service. He was most proud of his volunteer work for the Coronado Police Department, first as a reserve officer from 1960 to 1975, then as a member of the Senior Patrol from 1995 (first graduating class) to 2008. His other most notable Coronado service includes four years on the planning commission, 10 as the harbor commissioner and governor-appointed member of the Commission of the Californias. Dix is survived by his wife Barbie; children Donald; Robert, Dix J. (Smokey;) and Marian (Marnie;) in-laws Gary Petrovick; Karen Brow; and Precy Brow; grandchildren Laurel; Stuart; and Christian; and brother William H. Brow, wife Ellen and their children Larry, Judy and Marta. A memorial service celebrating Dix's life was held Jan. 31. In lieu of flowers or other gifts, the family suggests a donation to the Graham Memorial Presbyterian Church in Coronado. The Brow family also extends a heartfelt thank you to their friends and the community for the love and generous support, both during Dix's disability and since his passing. As for Dix, when once asked what could be done to improve Coronado, he replied, “Ask God if the ocean could be made just a little bit warmer, so we can go body surfing the year around.” -
EDUCATION: Dix Knight in the U.S., School Yearbooks, 1900-1990
Birth Year:abt 1923
School Location:Palo Alto, California, USA
Source Citation: "U.S., School Yearbooks, 1880-2012"; Yearbook Title: Quad; Year: 1943
Source Information: Ancestry.com. U.S., School Yearbooks, 1900-1990 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010.
MEDIA: D7610 - Dix Knight s/o Marion Ethel Knight - U.S. School Yearbooks - Stanford University - Palo Alto, California - Stanford Band 1943 - Dix Knight is in front row, second from left - Ancestry.com
D7611 - Dix Knight s/o Marion Ethel Knight - U.S. School Yearbooks - Stanford University - Palo Alto, California - page 273 - 1943 - Ancestry.com
D7612 - Dix & Barbara Guild Knight s/o Marion Ethel Knight - Sailing 1969 - Ancestry.com
TRAVEL: Dix Brow in the New York, Passenger and Crew Lists (including Castle Garden and Ellis Island), 1820-1957
Arrival Date:5 Jul 1937
Birth Date:abt 1922
Birth Location Other:Hartford
Port of Departure:Southampton, England
Port of Arrival:New York, New York
Ship Name:Queen Mary
Source Citation: Year: 1937; Arrival: New York, New York; Microfilm Serial: T715, 1897-1957; Microfilm Roll: Roll 6004; Line: 19; Page Number: 28
Source Information: Ancestry.com. New York, Passenger and Crew Lists (including Castle Garden and Ellis Island), 1820-1957 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010.
Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at New York, New York, 1820-1897. Microfilm Publication M237, 675 rolls. NAI: 6256867. Records of the U.S. Customs Service, Record Group 36. National Archives at Washington, D.C.
Passenger and Crew Lists of Vessels Arriving at New York, New York, 1897-1957. Microfilm Publication T715, 8892 rolls. NAI: 300346. Records of the Immigration and Naturalization Service; National Archives at Washington, D.C.
Supplemental Manifests of Alien Passengers and Crew Members Who Arrived on Vessels at New York, New York, Who Were Inspected for Admission, and Related Index, compiled 1887-1952. Microfilm Publication A3461, 21 rolls. NAI: 3887372. RG 85, Records of the Immigration and Naturalization Service, 1787-2004; Records of the Immigration and Naturalization Service; National Archives, Washington, D.C.
Index to Alien Crewmen Who Were Discharged or Who Deserted at New York, New York, May 1917-Nov. 1957. Microfilm Publication A3417. NAI: 4497925. National Archives at Washington, D.C.
Passenger Lists, 1962-1972, and Crew Lists, 1943-1972, of Vessels Arriving at Oswego, New York. Microfilm Publication A3426. NAI: 4441521. National Archives at Washington, D.C.