Dr. Marilou "M'Lou" Burnett-Dixon
Dr. Marilou “M’Lou” Burnett-Dixon, 86, of Springfield, died at 6:15 am, Monday, August 24, 2015 at Concordia Village. She was born April 2, 1929 in Choctaw, OK to Irvin William Huddleston and Edna Anita Jackson. She married Dr. Noah M. Dixon in 1985 and he preceded her in death in 1989.
Survivors include two daughters, Terry (Ron) Appelt of Auburn, Diane (Ron Toland) Burnett of Pagosa Springs, CO; two sons, Mark (Christine) Burnett of Molalla, OR and Mike Burnett of Springfield and three grandchildren, Dayton, Blayne and Chance Burnett.
She was preceded in death by her parents and husband.
M’Lou received her Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy and Psychology from Oklahoma State University; her Master’s Degree from the University of Illinois; her Ph.D from Union Graduate School in Yellow Springs, OH and completed Post Graduate work with the Virginia Satir.
She started the KWEN Institute and founded Cross Cultural Contact, an American-Soviet joint venture. She was a Professor of Psychology at UIS (formerly, Sangamon State University) and was named Professor Emeritus. She had formerly worked at Lincoln Land Community College, Institute for Juvenile Research, Mental Health Center in Springfield, Family Service in Springfield and Child Welfare and American Red Cross Home Service in Amarillo, TX. She was a member of A.C.S.W, Virginia Satir’s Avanta Network, American Academy of Psychotherapist, Neuro-linguistic Programming, AAMFT-Clinical Member, N.A.S.W. and was a past president of the KWEN Institute. She also led many Seminars and Consolations of Family Therapy and Communication for Organizations for Human Service Businesses.
She enjoyed reading, tennis, traveling and lived vicariously through her children and grandchildren.
Celebration of her Life: The family will host a celebration of her life at 2 pm, Sunday, August 30, 2015 at Abraham Lincoln Unitarian Universalist Congregation.
Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of the Donor’s choice.