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• Oct 28, 2015 at 3:45 PM

Jan. 25, 1926 April 19, 2007

NEW LONDON Arnold Joseph Brix, 81, of New London and formerly of Fairfield, died Thursday at NLRC at Firelands in New London after a lengthy illness.

He was born Jan. 25, 1926 in New York City, son of the late Arnold and Josephine (Sullivan) Brix. He served in the Navy from 1943 to 1946, including during World War II. He graduated with a master's degree in history and political science from the University of Missouri in Columbia, Mo. in 1949.

He married in 1948 and moved, along with his wife, to the Hamilton-Fairfield area in 1950. He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Fairfield before moving to Ashland four years ago.

He was a life-long educator, serving in the Cincinnati-Fairfield area for more than 30 years. He began his career at Tallawanda High School in Oxford, continued at Princeton High School in Springdale and retired from The Ohio State University as an associate professor of research and labor education.

He enjoyed politics, watching sports, golfing, reading, traveling, obsessing about his lawn and playing bridge. He called himself the "last Democrat to live in Fairfield."

He is survived by his wife of almost 59 years, Doris L. (Bradley) Brix, whom he married June 5, 1948; children and their spouses; Jodie and Frank Spears of Abingdon, Md.; John and Kate Brix of Windham, Maine; Mary Lou and Bob Harris of New London; and Marty and Kim Brix of Albany, N.Y.; and 10 grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Mary Matauch Garner; and a grandson, Aaron R. Harris.

Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at Eastman Funeral Home, 200 W. Main St., New London. A Mass of Christian burial will take place at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 18 Park Ave., New London, with the Rev. Doug Taylor officiating.

A memorial service will take place at a later date in Fairfield, and interment will take place at St. Mary's Cemetery, Hamilton.

Memorial gifts may be sent to New London Public Library, 67 S. Main St., New London, Ohio 44851.

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