Obituary: Constance P. Dickson, law librarian in D.C., dies at 79

Constance P. Dickson

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Constance P. Dickson, who was a law librarian in Washington for more than 20 years, died Oct. 17 at the Sunrise assisted-living facility in Falls Church. She was 79.

She had a heart attack, her son, Mark Dickson, said.

Mrs. Dickson lived overseas for many years with her husband, a State Department Foreign Service officer, and worked as a librarian at law firms in Paris and Seoul.

After settling in Bethesda in the early 1980s, Mrs. Dickson worked at several law firms before joining the Washington office of Gibson, Dunn and Crutcher in 1984. She retired as head law librarian in 2005.

Constance Anne Pierce was born in Boston and was a 1955 graduate of Jackson College, which was then the women’s division of Tufts University in Medford, Mass. She received a master’s degree in library and information science from the University of Maryland in the early 1970s.

Mrs. Dickson was a longtime Bethesda resident, and her memberships included the Phi Kappa Phi and Beta Phi Mu honor societies, the American Association of Law Libraries and the Law Librarians’ Society of Washington.

Her husband of 56 years, William S. Dickson, died in July.

Survivors include two children, Carol A. Dickson of Fairfax County and Mark P. Dickson of Arlington; a brother; and three grandchildren.

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