Philip Nixon was a devoted husband, father, son, brother, teacher and friend. He thrived on interacting with people of all ages, spreading laughter and fun everywhere. As a teacher, he extended his love for life to the children in his classrooms and to the colleagues in his schools. He eagerly followed his sons’ many activities, delighting all the friends who gathered around with jokes and laughter.
Following his son Christopher’s death in 1998, Phil promoted organ donation and closely followed the lives of Christopher’s recipients. Then, in 2007, 59-year old Phil struck his head in a fall from the roof of his home. Four days later, his brain death brought the Nixon family again to the decision that organ and tissue donation would be the greatest way to extend Phil’s life.
An updated version of “Christopher,” a Peabody Award-winning educational documentary produced in the aftermath of his son’s death, now chronicles the donation story of both father and son.