DAWSON, James “Jim”
James Robert Dawson “Jim”, 75, died at his home in Marietta on April 20, 2022. The second of three children born to Anne and George Dawson, he spent his youth in Maspeth, NY and St. Claire, PA. In 1962, Jim met Hedy Zielinski, the love of his life. Married in 1967, they remained inseparable, loving partners until the end.
Jim joined the Marine Corps in 1964 and proudly served in Vietnam where he received the Purple Heart. A dedicated conservationist, he earned a degree in wildlife biology from the University of Vermont. A master’s degree in information technology from Fairly Dickinson University later followed. Her talent for photography was a lifelong pursuit and a vehicle for her natural curiosity and love of storytelling.
In 1995, Jim’s passion for learning and people inspired him to found ADI Performance, an employee training and empowerment organization, currently a division of ADI Marketing. An active member of Toastmasters International, he served as District Governor from 1989-1990 and led District 14 to the top rank in the world.
Jim is survived by his wife Hedy; daughter Jennifer, husband John Smith and daughter Emma; his son James, his wife Hillary, his daughter Kayla, his son Tyler and his stepson Rory; brother Dan and family; sister Mickey and her all-but-blood brother Ed Zwisler and his wife Aurora.
Jim is committed to creating positive change in the lives of others and protecting our wild spaces. He valued relationships and if you knew Jim, you always had a champion in your corner. With that in mind, the family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Defenders of Wildlife or the Chattahoochee Nature Center.