Dr. Jim L. Jackson
(Jimmy Leslie Jackson)
April 26, 1936 May 26, 2017
Jim L. Jackson passed away peacefully at home on Friday evening, May 26, 2017. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Inez Jackson; children Rene Jackson (Don Sloan); Leslie Jackson (Roger Smith); Jimmy Leslie Jackson, Jr. (Amy); Tim Jackson (LeighAnn), and eight grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his brother Robert Jackson (Florence).
He was born in Akron, Ohio to Nellie Gertrude Lee Jackson and Leslie Wilbur Jackson. He graduated from Southeast High School in Ravenna, Ohio in 1954. His continuing education includes a B.S. from Kent State University in chemistry, an M.S. from Case Western Reserve University in geology, and Ph.D. from The Ohio State University in science education. Jim Jackson taught in the geology department at the University of Akron for 26 years, and began and ran the Center for Environmental Studies in the Cuyahoga valley. The year he retired, he was recognized with the Outstanding Teacher award at the University of Akron. Prior to that, he taught science and mathematics at Davey Junior High School in Kent, and served as a lay minister for the Atwater Congregational Church. He served on many boards, including stints as President of the Ohio Academy of Science, the Phyllis Wheatley Association, the Northern Ohio Geological Society, and was twice moderator of the Kent United Church of Christ. Jim was a kind friend and teacher to all who knew him. He loved knowledge, and enjoyed sharing his expertise with others. He was an avid, creative bridge player, and an enthusiastic golfer. His love of animals, especially his dogs and granddogs, was legendary, and they all adored him in return.
A Celebration of Life service will be held on Saturday, June 17th, 2017, at 2pm at the Kent United Church of Christ, 1400 E. Main St., Kent, Ohio, 44240. In lieu of flowers, donations in Jim's memory may be sent to the Kent United Church of Christ or Kent Social Services.
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