DIXIE KISOR ’75
(photo: Courtesy of Antiochiana)
Dixie has enjoyed a long and varied career in science and engineering and in using her expertise to help others, including most recently Antioch College. Her earliest engineering project was creating the structure to major in engineering when (even at Antioch) it was not a career considered suitable for a woman. While Dixie switched her major to in secondary education biology in her last year at Antioch because of a difficult job market, Dixie’s determination and her mastery of the mathematics and science for engineering allowed her to develop the talents that would prove useful in saving the Antioch College campus decades later.
Dixie has done many things for the College in recent years, first getting the attention of the Alumni Association by her contribution to the foundational budget model for Antioch College in 2007. Rick Daily ’68 recognized the importance of Dixie’s engineering skills and appointed her co-chair with Noreen Dean Dresser ’77 of the Buildings and Grounds committee established by the Alumni Association in 2008. Dixie put together a report on the real cost of repair and maintenance of the historic buildings on campus that was discussed by the Buildings and Grounds committee with members of the Antioch University Board of Trustees to counteract the figures used by others showing development gains from dismantling sections of the campus. Dixie’s quiet discussions with numerous University Board members helped secure support for the campus as an asset and recognition of the importance of its protection to the future development of Antioch College. Dixie assisted Jeff Wood ’88 and others from the New York City Chapter with conducting the site visit and investigation by Preservation Ohio in 2009. Antioch College Historic District, Yellow Springs was named to the 2009 List of Ohio’s Most Endangered Historic Sites. This listing gave Antioch College advocates access to the entire preservation community in Ohio and all of their expertise
Dixie’s work to properly value and preserve the Antioch College campus was not the first time her individual efforts have had a significant positive impact on Yellow Springs. She served as a faculty member at the Yellow Springs High School. Her long standing career as a Professor in Biology and Science has transformed many lives. She taught in Antioch College’s National Science Foundation Program. Through that program southern science teachers drawn largely from the junior high level were offered a Master in Science Teaching degree over a span of four summers at Antioch. Her commitment to that program benefitted not only the teachers, but would change the lives of untold numbers of underserved students.
— Noreen Dean Dresser ’94 , Judi Church ’75 and Jeff Wood ’88
New Left writer and lecturer Carl Oglesby, who was brought to Antioch College by students for six months in 1966–67 as “activist scholar-in-residence” and later taught in the literature department, died September 13 at his home in New Jersey.
As visiting assistant professor of literature, the former president of Students for a Democratic Society (SPS) offered a course in The Political Novel and gave a tutorial on Modern Political Drama.
In deciding to appoint Oglesby, who held only a B.A., literature department chairman Dr. Robert Maurer said, “Credentialism wasn’t important. I’ve heard Oglesby lecture and he’s brilliant.”
While at Antioch as “activist scholar”—a post students designed “to bring someone from where the action is to campus for meaningful dialogue”—he co-authored Containment and Change. Of Oglesby’s contribution to the volume, a New York Times book reviewer wrote: “Oglesby’s 168-page essay has the effect of a grenade exploding unexpectedly inches before your eyes—it is the closest that the activist, non-programatic [sic] New Left has come to producing a manifesto.”
A native of Akron, Ohio, Oglesby attended Kent State University and the University of Michigan from which he received a Bachelor’s in literature in 1962. He was manager of Bendix Systems Division’s technical publications department before becoming involved in SDS and serving as its president from 1965-66.
His memoir, Ravens in the Storm: A Personal History of the 1960s Antiwar Movement, was published in 2008.