Philip Edward Hixon
Rancho Mirage – Philip Edward Hixon, beloved husband, revered father, adored grandfather, was born January 6, 1932, to Harry and Augusta Hixon in Brooklyn, New York. He died in Rancho Mirage, CA, at the age of 89, on October 27, 2021. He is survived by three children, Jeri (Michael), Neil (Mitzi), and Jonathan (Hoa), 8 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. Following graduation from Forest Hills High School in New York, he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from New York University and a Masters degree in Business Administration from the C W Post College of Long Island University where he then stayed on as an assistant professor. He proudly served in the USAF as a Chemical Engineer Officer. He founded The Rolor Corporation which produced specialized photographic equipment. Through this he developed a method of mass producing color pictures which enabled Life and National Geographic magazines to switch from black and white magazines to color magazines. He then was chairman of Cambridge Information Group, a data base company which produced and distributed numerous scientific journals. In cooperation with the National Library of Medicine he developed a method of putting medical information on CDRoms. Medline made this information widely available. After retiring from active business he served on the boards of Phillips Publishing International, Eisenhower Hospital, and Cedars Sinai Hospital where he became a Life Trustee. A deeply philanthropic and compassionate individual, his many charitable beneficiaries include Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York City, Eisenhower Hospital, Cedars-Sinai Hospital, the Washington D.C. Hospital Center, the McCullum Theater, the U S Holocaust Museum in Washington D.C., the California State University San Bernardino in Palm Desert, and others. He was one of the nine founders of the Palm Springs Air Museum, which was very close to his heart, and later, Chairman Emeritus. He felt great pride in our country and the role it had played in World War II and the generosity and heroism of Americans when called upon to serve their country. An avid pilot, he enjoyed flying both airplanes and helicopters, and with his wife as co-pilot was able to indulge his photography hobby from the air. He also enjoyed piloting helicopter sightseeing rides for the volunteers at the Palm Springs Air Museum, and flying his friends to lunch at rustic restaurants.