Remembering Richard Witzel

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  1. Is this the boy I met at Philmont Boy Scout Ranch in 1966 who said his name was Dixie Witzel? We were both musicians so we hit it off. I still remember his name. He died at nineteen? Can somebody tell me what happened? — Richard Hayes Phillips (then of Schenectady, New York)

    • Sorry for the delay. I believe he was struck by a car while changing a tire at night. No idea if it’s the same Dixie…

      • I am certain that he said he was from the Boston area, and we were about the same age. I was class of 1969. I liked him right off, and I meant to write him, maybe I lost his address. Here he is, buried at Wellesley, Massachusetts. https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/209704531 God rest his soul.

  2. Although I was classic nerd-boy android early on at Mt. Hermon, I couldn’t help but be attracted to Dixie’s scintillating wit. He had a kind heart, too!
    I’ll always remember Alan Gilliland, Dixie’s roommate, whose nickname for him was “Hot Dix”. Their wonderful popular music record album collection began my attraction to popular music–Jim Morrison, the Doors, and others. I was saddened by his departure from from Mt. Hermon, but more so by his untimely death.

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