Allison Dickson

December 20, 2023

Allison Dickson, JD ’07, of Temple, Texas, was a proud Baylor University alumna and a passionate supporter of education and her community. Dickson passed away in October 2023 at the age of 44, leaving behind an inspiring and impactful legacy that exemplifies Baylor’s mission.

Dickson lived by the motto, “I don’t need easy. I just need possible.” At 15 months old, she was diagnosed with Werdnig-Hoffman Muscular Dystrophy, and her family was told she would only live one more year. Defying the odds, she not only survived; she excelled, graduating third in her class within Temple Independent School District, summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Southwestern University, and first in her class from Baylor Law in 2007.

Her connections to Baylor Law continued for the rest of her life, first as Dickson worked as a legal research assistant for the School, a role she would hold for seven years, and then as she established the Allison Dickson Baylor Law Endowed Scholarship Fund, one of three she established in her lifetime.

Giving back and helping others was as much a part of Dickson’s legacy as her extraordinary academic and professional achievements. After a significant period of illness, she was inspired to start community initiatives in her hometown to benefit patients at Baylor Scott & White’s McLane Children’s Medical Center and the students of Temple Independent School District. She was recognized as the 2017 Young Baylor Lawyer of the Year for her philanthropic efforts and received Baylor’s W.R. White Meritorious Service Award in 2023.