School of Dentistry Alumni Merit Award
Linda J. Hixon, DDS'94
September 16, 2011
Dr. Linda Hixon has been in private practice in Belen, New Mexico for the past 13 years. She received her undergraduate degree from Rutgers University in 1972; completed two tours with the Peace Corps in the Philippines; and worked in the medical laboratory and teaching fields before returning to school and earning a dental degree from Creighton University School of Dentistry in 1994.
Dr. Hixon has participated in humanitarian trips to impoverished regions of Honduras, the Dominican Republic, the Philippines, Nepal and India. In Nepal, she participated in an intensive, seven-day dental clinic in Kathmandu, organized by the Himalayan Dental Relief Project. She and her team treated scores of patients, many of whom had never received dental care. Working with four other dentists, one hygienist and six lay volunteers, including her son, Dr. Hixon and the team made a significant impact on the oral health of these underserved people. She has been quoted as saying, “White sand beaches look alike in every country. Working with [the native people] makes this a unique experience in a new culture. The true reward is in doing something to alleviate pain in the world.”
Although she is active in her health care field and is past president of the Albuquerque District Dental Society, Dr. Hixon is mindful of the “whole person.” Her interests are wide-ranging and include astronomy, gardening, hiking, backpacking, camping, reading and music. She can just as easily be found chairing a political action committee as volunteering at the local living history museum, or hosting a “star party” to introduce the wonders of astronomy to attendees. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in theological studies.
For her devotion to the profession of dentistry; for her inspirational, global service in the Ignatian tradition of men and women for others; and for a life-long love of learning across multiple disciplines, Creighton University proudly confers upon Dr. Linda J. Hixon the 2011 Alumni Merit Award for the School of Dentistry.
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