Tom Dix’ 33-year career was emblazoned with honors, appreciation

Roby Hill
November 20, 2023
Tom Dix, pictured at his virtual retirement celebration in 2020 with official faculty portrait inset.

Barely a week since the College of Pharmacy lost one of its titans, another long-time stalwart was lost with the passing of Tom Dix (1956-2023) on November 18, 2023.

At his retirement in 2020, former student after former student gave testimonials to how much he had contributed to their lives. In addition to his outstanding work as a teacher and mentor, he also made many contributions to science. His 33-year career in academic research secured more than $30 million in funding from public and private grants and investments.

A graduate of the University of Michigan with a Ph.D. from Wayne State University, he joined the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences at MUSC in 1994 and served as associate professor until 2020, when he was made Professor Emeritus. He was also the co-founder and chief scientific officer of Argolyn Bioscience Inc., Halimed Pharmaceuticals Inc., and JT Pharmaceuticals Inc. 

His obituary in the Charleston Post & Courier offered an eloquent glimpse into the man behind the professional achievements:

"In addition to his career, Tom was an avid reader, record collector, and fan of Michigan/Detroit sports, especially his beloved Detroit Pistons. He was happiest boating in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, smoking a cigar on the deck, and sharing stories with friends and family. Known affectionately as Pop, he will be remembered for his passion for life and love for his family."

The college's thoughts go out to his wife Catherine and everyone in the extended Dix family.