Totlee Jeanne Dixon Brown

"Tot"
December 1, 1946 - November 12, 2000

"Laughing, bubbling; she is loved by all"


Totlee Jeanne Dixon passed away on Sunday November 12, 2000 after a long period of pain and suffering, God, in His mercy and goodness, called Totlee Brown home to rest. She was born Totlee Jeanne Dixon on December 1, 1946 in Queens, New York to Arthur S. Dixon and Joyce M. Dixon.

Totlee received her formal education in the New Rochelle school system, attending, Mayflower School, Albert Leonard Junior High School, and New Rochelle High School. She attended the University of Toledo in Ohio, graduating with a B.A. degree in Theater Arts. She had a variety of interests and an outgoing personality. She loved to talk and enjoyed people. She made people feel special in her presence. Totlee loved to travel and was a very generous person.

She met and married John Brown, Sr. and from this union was born a son, John Michael Brown, Jr. During her lifetime Totlee worked for Dunn and Bradstreet, IBM, and later at ABC Television as a camera woman on the TV Show 20/20 with Hugh Downs and Barbara Walters. Later she became a Graphics Engineer at ABC and received an "Emmy" award for her work at the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles, California. She also conducted a Gospel Radio Show and was a producer at ABC for the show, "For You Black Woman" where many African American were interviewed, including Mahammad Ali, Rev. Ike, Ruby Dee and others. She was also a producer of the TV Program "Soul Alive", was founder and president of "Black Media Women" which included many prominent women in TV and Radio. She also worked with Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis, and served as news anchor and weather reporter on WNYC Radio prior to her extended illness.

Totlee was very active in the struggle for cancer research, giving speeches at various seminars to help those also suffering with the dreaded cancer disease. She was a member of St. Simons Episcopal Church. She loved music, especially Gospel and one of her favorite groups was the Bronx Mass Choir under the direction of Rev. Roger Hambrick.

Totlee leaves to celebrate her life; her son son John Michael Brown Jr. and his wife Angela Brown, step granddaughter Stephanie Long, her mother and father Joyce and Arthur Dixon, her brother C. Douglas Dixon, Sr, Esq and his wife the Rev. Dr. Priscilla Hambrick Dixon, niece Angela Dixon , Nephew, C. Douglas Dixon Jr,cousins, Pamela Robertson Esq., Dr. Ernest Robertson, D.D.S., Augustus Robertson, "Skip" Miller, Jay Blum, Michael Blum, Sybil Blum, Don Hitchman, Thalia Hitchman, Robert Hitchman, Desmond Hitchman, George Hitchman, Jennifer Hitchman, Eileen Austin, Orrin Hitchman. Brian Hitchman, Taryn Shaikh and John Hitchman. Godmother, Dr. Charlotte Spearman, uncle Dr. Alberto Robertson, D.D.S. and aunt Lucille Dixon Robertson and a host of relatives and friends. Viewing will be held on Friday at Granbys Funeral Service inc. 4021 White Plains Road , Bronx, NY (718) 519- 6047, 3-8 PM. In Lieu of flowers the family requests donations to American Cancer Society or United Negro College Fund 8260 Willow Oaks Corporate Drive, PO Box 10444, Fairfax, VA 22031 to the memory of Totlee Brown.

Published in the the LoHud Journal News on Nov. 16, 2000


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