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Remebering Max Nixon (1915-2000)


Since Max Nixon, metalsmith extraordinaire and artist-in-residence at
the University of Oregon & the Erb Memorial Union Craft Center, was
known to many, I thought it appropriate to post the news of his
passing. He is missed.

Charles “Max” Nixon of Eugene died Feb. 2 of cancer. He was 84. Nixon
was born Oct. 3, 1915, in Haverhill, Kan., to Charles and Bertha Bals
Nixon. He married Hattie Mae Rhonemus in Eugene on Aug. 2, 1957.

During World War II, he served in the Army in a medical backup unit.
He served in France, Holland and throughout Europe.

Nixon was a professor of metal arts and weaving at the University of
Oregon. He enjoyed making miniature non-traditional metal works,
antique building (& rebuilding!), handcrafted furniture and tools, and
discovering handmade things. He received his bachelor of arts degree
from the University of Kansas and a certificate from Bradley
Institution. Nixon lived in Eugene for 45 years. He also lived in
Kansas, Illinois, Hawaii, California and New York.

Survivors include his wife. No services are planned. A memorial
gathering will be held in his honor on March 31 at the University of
Oregon’s Gerlinger Hall. For further contact Tom Urban
( or 541-346-4361. England’s Eugene
Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements. Memorial contributions
may be made to the University of Oregon Architecture and Allied Arts
Library, Lawrence Hall, Eugene, OR 97403.

Christine L. Sundt
Studio 2031


I am saddened to hear of Max Nixon’s passing. He will be missed. I
only met him once while a guest teacher in his program and yet he
struck me as one of the most dedicated and nurturing and talented
teachers around. He was a fine individual whose spirit and generosity
touched thousands. My condolences to his family. Alan Revere

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