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Nixon, Don L. age 95 Died July 30, 2013 at Glacier Hills Senior Living Community, Ann Arbor. He was born January 3, 1918, in Ann Arbor, MI the son of Lewis and Myrtie (nee Forshee) Nixon. He was a graduate of Ann Arbor City Schools, including Ann Arbor H.S. He graduated from the University of Michigan with an A.B. in Economics. He was the long- time Alumni president of his graduating UOM Literary School 1940 class. He served on the U of M Alumni Class Officers Council. He was active in planning all of his U of M Class reunions. Mr. Nixon graduated from the United States Naval Reserve Midshipman School at Columbia University in New York...
Nixon, Don L. age 95 Died July 30, 2013 at Glacier Hills Senior Living Community, Ann Arbor. He was born January 3, 1918, in Ann Arbor, MI the son of Lewis and Myrtie (nee Forshee) Nixon. He was a graduate of Ann Arbor City Schools, including Ann Arbor H.S. He graduated from the University of Michigan with an A.B. in Economics. He was the long- time Alumni president of his graduating UOM Literary School 1940 class. He served on the U of M Alumni Class Officers Council. He was active in planning all of his U of M Class reunions. Mr. Nixon graduated from the United States Naval Reserve Midshipman School at Columbia University in New York City. He was commissioned an Ensign July 18, 1943. He was first stationed at the San Diego Destroyer Base. He then soon served in the Southwest Pacific Theater of World War II at an atoll named Funafuti in the Ellice Islands. The islands are now called Tavalu. He was then transferred back to Pearl Harbor for six months in preparation for the next major invasion in the Pacific. He was a Naval Air Transport Officer in charge of Landing Craft Group (SLCU #24) on the first day of the US 7th Fleet's return to the Philippines and the invasion of Leyte Island in the Central Philippines, on October 20, 1944. He participated in that invasion and the securing of the beaches south of Tacloban. He later served as an Air Transport Officer on the Island of Oahu, Hawaii, and the Oakland Naval Air Station in California. After World War II, he lived in Grosse Pointe, but maintained his close ties with Ann Arbor. He joined Silloway & Co., an Industrial and Commercial Real Estate brokerage firm in Detroit. He was on the Board of Directors and an officer, later becoming co-owner of the firm. Subsequently he operated his own commercial and industrial real estate brokerage business in the Detroit area. He was a past member of the Detroit Real Estate Board, the Michigan Assoc. of Realtors and the Society of Industrial Realtors. Mr. Nixon has long been identified with Nixon Road in Ann Arbor, and the family property owned by him and his sister. Nixon Road was named after his father, Lewis Nixon, because of the family's history of substantial holdings in the area. He was a member of the Alpha Tau Chapter of the Chi Phi fraternity at Michigan. He was a long-time member of the Detroit Economic Club. He is survived by his only sister, Betty Nixon Spurway, of Ann Arbor and several cousins. Burial has taken place at Forest Hill Cemetery, Ann Arbor. At Don's request, no services were held. Memorial tributes may be made to the . Arrangements entrusted to the Muehlig Funeral Chapel, Ann Arbor. www.muehligannarbor.com

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