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Naming Citation:   DAVIDIXON = (51741) = 2001 KQ50
Dixon Minor White and Myke Collins discovered this asteroid on May 24, 2001.  It was linked to sightings in 1996 and 2000.  We located a 2001 position in an archived image.  It was numbered during its 2002 opposition.

David Dixon is an Operations Research Analyst with the TRADOC Analysis Center at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico.  He received a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and a Master of Science in Industrial Engineering from New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, New Mexico.  David is married, and has one son, Clifford.   In 2000, he was a recipient of a Gene Shoemaker Near Earth Object Grant.  This grant enabled him to make improvement to his observatory's equipment.  He is a member of the Astronomical Society of Las Cruces, and the American Astronomical Society.  He has made numerous presentations for Minor Planet Amateur/Professional Workshops.

The official citation reads:
  "David Dixon (born 1947 in Pontiac, MI, USA) is an amateur astronomer who operates Jornada Observatory, NM, USA.  His contributions to tracking dimmer, more elusive NEO's have been considerable.  His selfless devotion to the discovery and orbit determination of NEO's make him highly worthy of the honor of having a minor planet named for him"  

This name was proposed by Gary Page during our naming campaign.  Gary is a professor at George Mason University in Virginia, USA.