Jud Dixon, a veteran UPI reporter who began his journalism career with the Joplin Globe, died of cancer at his Dallas home Monday at age 85. Dixon, whose long career included coverage of President John F. Kennedy's assassination on Nov. 22, 1963, started working at the Globe in 1938 after attending high school and junior college in Joplin, according to the obituary posted by UPI. Dixon also worked for a time for the Springfield Daily News, before beginning his 41-year career with UPI in 1944.
Dixon always had his priorities right, the obituary noted. He missed out on what would have been one of the biggest stories of his career when he turned down his bureau chief's request to cover a tornado in Waco, Texas, that killed more than 100 people in 1953. His reason...his wife gave birth that night to his daughter Virginia.