Dickson T. Burrows – Class of 1927

Dickson was one of the smallest athletes to take part in the major athletics at Stivers, yet by sheer staying quality, ability and grit, he stood out in all sports at Stivers. Dickson earned the Orange “S” in football, basketball, baseball, and track. He earned a total of 10 letters.

Dickson was an excellent student as well as athlete. He was President of the junior class of 1926, Vice-President of the senior class of 1927 and a member of the Ten Tigers society. He acted in many school plays and held the lead in one of their musical comedies. As a sophomore, he was voted most popular boy. He composed the words and music of the farewell song of the class of 1927.

Dickson continued his education at Denison University where he was a member of the Denison Glee Club and Beta Theta Pi fraternity.

He was a band leader during the 1930’s and 1940’s. He was quite talented on the piano, but his instrument of choice was the saxophone. Dickson made quite a local reputation with his playing of the musical saw.

Throughout his life Dick was a highly respected leader at the local, state and national levels in both amateur baseball and public service.

Dick served as President of the Dayton Amateur Baseball commission for 15 years, retired, then served another year. He was then elected President of the National Amateur Baseball Federation in 1961 and 1968, the only man ever elected to that position twice. In 1973 he was named National Amateur Baseball Federation Man of the Year.

Dick held the prominent position of Executive Director of the Miami Valley Disaster Services Agency, a multi-county public agency dedicated to the planning and recovery services for communities in the times of emergency. He played a pivotal role in the inter-agency communications and recovery services following the Xenia tornado of 1974.

Dickson passed away in 1984 at the age of 75. Quite a life! Quite a man! Very deserving to be recognized as a great “Tiger” in the Stivers Athletic Hall of Fame.

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