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UPDATE: Colleagues remember UW-Madison librarian killed by truck


UPDATED: Saturday, January 18, 2014 --- 5:30 p.m.

Colleagues and close friends fondly called her "Edie". Professionally, Edith Dixon was perhaps the most knowledgeable person in the UW system when it came to library data. And for those who got to know the 62-year-old personally, they describe her as kind, quiet, and a little quirky.

"The more you knew her, you appreciated her sense of humor. She'd come into the office with the head phones on occasionally and she'll be singing at the top of her lungs which is kind of odd in comparison to her generally quiet demeanor," said Mitch Lundquist, who worked with Dixon for 25 years at the Memorial Library.

Lundquist says Dixon always took a quick break outside each morning. But Thursday, she never returned to work.

According to police, Dixon was walking behind a Union delivery truck on Lake Street when it backed into her.

"It's been hard to focus on work, it's been hard to put it out of my mind," Lundquist said.

Dixon was a senior academic librarian. She helped implement a number of big UW-wide library technology systems. "And she's the person the UW relies on for expertise in this area," Lundquist said. "It's a huge loss to the University and the UW system."

The University is providing grief counselors for those who need them.
Colleagues are also working with Dixon's family to put together a service in her memory next week.
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UPDATED: Saturday, January 18, 2014 --- 10:50 a.m.

The Dane Co. medical examiner has released the name of the woman who was killed Thursday by a truck.

Edith Dixon, 62, of Madison died from injuries she sustained in the crash.

The case remains under investigation.
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UPDATED Thursday, January 16, 2014 --- 2:33 p.m.

Madison Police confirm a UW-Madison employee has died after being hit by a truck Thursday morning.

Officers say the victim is a woman in her 60's.

The incident happened shortly before 10:30 a.m. on Mendota Court.

The truck is owned by the University of Wisconsin System.
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Posted Thursday, January 16, 2014 --- 12:17 p.m.

Madison Police say a woman in her 60's was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries Thursday morning after being hit by a truck.

The incident happened shortly before 10:30 a.m. on Mendota Court.

Officers say the vehicle was backing up at the time of the accident.


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