AILEEN DICKINSON
AILEEN DICKINSON
WEST COLUMBIA — A memorial service for Dr. Aileen Dickinson, 88, will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, April 11, 2014 at Still Hopes Episcopal Retirement Home in the Chapel of the Holy Spirit. A visitation and reception for family and friends will be held following the service.
Dr. Dickinson was born April 18, 1925 in Detroit, MI and passed away on Tuesday, April 8, 2014. She was the daughter of Dr. James Watson and Ola Irene McCulloch. Dr. Dickinson had a long career as a Speech Pathologist. She earned her PhD at the University of South Carolina in Special Education Administration. She received her Masters of Science in Speech Pathology at the University of Michigan and her undergraduate degree in Speech at Northwestern University. She founded St. Nicholas Speech School in Greenwood, SC and was Director of Speech and Hearing at Fernald State School in Boston, MA. Dr. Dickinson served as Adjunct Professor at the University of South Carolina for 15 years. She was active in theatre and was the Director of the Greenwood Children’s Theatre and founder of the Gateway Players in Southbridge, MA. She was a lifelong member of the American Speech, Language and Hearing Association where she was declared a Fellow. She was also a 50 year White Rose member of Kappa Delta Sorority.
Surviving are her daughters, Robyn Zimmerman (Len), Pat Linton (Ron); son, Conrad Lau; grandchildren, Jean Zimmerman, Kerrie Barbee, Leigh Ann McMinn, Amber Bagnulo, Gibb Little, Ike Linton and Ida Linton; 8 great-grandchildren; stepchildren, Rick Dickinson, J. D. Dickinson, Linda Allard and Lauren Eavers. She was predeceased by her husbands, Edwin Lau and Rich Dickinson; brothers, Dr. James Watson and Dr. Theodore Watson.
Caughman-Harman Funeral Home, Lexington Chapel is assisting the family with arrangements. www.caughmanharmanfuneralhome.net.