MILTON O'NEIL Dickerson Jr., a psychologist, counselor and educator, as well as an actor who appeared in small roles in TV commercials and films, died May 25. He was 67 and lived in Washington, D.C.
Milton was born in Philadelphia to Milton O'Neil Sr. and Malvina Gray Dickerson, and raised in South Philadelphia. He attended the Scotland School for Veterans' Children in Scotland, Pa., where he was a Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association track champion.
He earned a practical nursing degree from the American Institute of Practical Nursing in Chicago, and his bachelor's from La Salle University. He went on to receive master's and Ph.D degrees from Catholic University in Washington.
While in Philadelphia, he worked as a juvenile probation officer before joining the Peace Corps.
Milton held a number of positions at the University of the District of Columbia, including assistant to the director of the Office of Personal Management and Development, acting director of the Center for Student Development, acting director of Counseling Services and Consultation Center.
He briefly served as a program officer for the U.S. Office of Education in Washington. He also served as director of counseling at the District of Columbia Teachers College, senior counselor at Federal City College in Washington and counseling psychologist at Howard University.
Milton was a member of the Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists. He performed several small roles in commercials and movies, including a part in the film, "Justice For All," which starred Al Pacino.
For several years, Milton was an official of the National Conference of Artists. He organized the first International Conference in Senegal in 1985, and co-chaired the second International Conference in Brazil in 1988.
He was affiliated with the American Association of Higher Education, the American College Personnel Association, National Association of Black Psychologists, Washington Urban League, NAACP and the Christian Street YMCA in Philadelphia.
His home church was Wesley African Methodist Episcopal Zion, at 15th and Lombard streets.