Prof. David D. Rix, 73,


Martial Arts Teacher

On January 5, 2007 DAVID, beloved husband of Joann Price-Rix and the late Josephine V. (nee Bitter), devoted father of David D. Rix, Richard D. Rix, Brian J. Rix, Deborah D. Ruth and Paul Novakowski. Loving grandfather of Michelle Rix, Pepi Rix, Victoria Rix, Joseph Ruth and Carolyn Novakowski. Also survived by 10 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Family will receive friends on Saturday, January 13 from 4 to 7 P.M. at 5 Center Place, Dundalk, MD. 21222. Service will be held at 6 P.M. Arrangements by CONNELLY FUNERAL HOME OF DUNDALK, P.A.

Published in the Baltimore Sun on 1/11/2007.


A memorial service will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 13, at the Five Center Place Learning Center in Dundalk for longtime local resident David D. Rix, who died on Jan. 5 at age 73.

Born in Newport News, Va., to parents Leon and Emily Rix, he had a long career as a teacher of martial arts and self-defense techniques, serving as an instructor for the Baltimore County Police Department, teaching in county Recreation and Parks programs and founding the Five Center Place Learning Center, which included Defenders, Inc., where he continued to teach up to the time of his death.

Mr. Rix was also well-known for his interest in holistic personal development and included in the learning center the Society for the Fulfillment of Living, which combined physical and spiritual teaching drawn from a variety of ancient and modern traditions.

He is survived by his wife, Joann Price-Rix, children David Rix, Richard Rix, Brian Rix, Deborah Ruth and Paul Novakow-ski, as well as 10 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Mr. Rix was previously married to the former Josephine Bitter, now deceased.

Also surviving are siblings Wayne Rix, Arnold Rix, Clyde Rix, Miriam Capelli, Eleanor Russell and Cathy Shifflett.

Published in the Dundalk Eagle on 1/11/2007.