Thomas Hooton Michael Dix

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The Ven. Thomas Hooton Michael Dix (7 April 1908-1985) was Archdeacon of Zanzibar and Priest in Charge of Christ Church Cathedral, Zanzibar between 1954 and 1959.[1] In 1970 he was made Hon. Canon of St Albans Cathedral and, in 1974, Canon (Emeritus) of St Albans Cathedral.[1]

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Thomas Hooton Michael Dix was born on 7 April 1908, the elder son of Mr and Mrs A. Dix of Oakhaven, Harrold, Bedfordshire.[2] He was educated at Bedford Modern School between 1920 and 1926,[3][4] and was a regular prizewinner in the organ classes at the Bedfordshire Music Festival.[2] After school he attended King’s College, London, and on graduation he became a school teacher in Hendon while also attaining the Associateship Diploma (ARCO) at the Royal College of Organists in 1934.[1][2] He later returned to King’s College, London to study theology and, in 1940, attended the Bishops’ College, Cheshunt.[1][2]

Following his theological studies, Dix became a curate at St Saviour’s, St Albans and was ordained as a deacon in 1940 and as a priest in 1941.[1][2] In 1943 he joined the Universities' Mission to Central Africa and was sent to the Zanzibar Diocese where he served as Priest in Charge of Msalabani (1944-51) and as a missionary in Tanga (1951-54).[1][2][5] In 1954, Dix was made Archdeacon of Zanzibar and Priest in Charge of Christ Church Cathedral, Zanzibar.[1][2][5] He conducted a service during an official visit to Zanzibar by Princess Margaret on October 7, 1956.[6][7]

After his tenure in Zanzibar, Dix was made Vicar of Harrold, Bedfordshire (1959-63),[8][9] concurrently acting as Curate in Charge of Carlton with Chillington and as Rural Dean of Felmersham (1962-63).[1][10] In 1963 he was made Vicar of Flamstead in Hertfordshire, a position he held until 1974.[1]

In 1970, Dix was made Hon. Canon of St Albans Cathedral and Canon (Emeritus) of St Albans Cathedral in 1974.[1] He died in Hove, West Sussex, in 1985.[11]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 1.9 Crockford’s Clerical Directory, Volumes 87-88. Published by Oxford University Press, 1977
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 Bedfordshire Times and Independent, Friday 27 August 1954, p.7
  3. Harper's Charity (BEDFORD); Godber, Joyce (15 February 1973). "The Harpur Trust, 1552-1973. [By] Joyce Godber" – via Open WorldCat.
  4. Underwood, Andrew (15 February 1981). "Bedford Modern School of the black & red". Bedford Modern School – via Open WorldCat.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Lewis, Arthur (1992). Too bright the vision?: African adventures of an Anglican rebel. Covenant. ISBN 978-0-85205-021-7.
  6. PRINCESS MARGARET LEAVES ZANZIBAR, The Times, October 8, 1956, p.8
  7. The Sydney Morning Herald, October 8, 1956, p.3
  8. The Times, June 19, 1959, p.14
  9. "Bedfordshire Archives Service Catalogue - Details". bedsarchivescat.bedford.gov.uk.
  10. The Church of England Year Book. Church Information Office [and] Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge. 1963.
  11. Thomas Hooton M Dix, England & Wales, Civil Registration Death Index, 1916-2007