Wednesday, April 24, 2002

Obituary: Dr. Robert Droster Jackson - Class of 1938

MADISON [Wisconsin] - Dr. Robert Doster Jackson, age 82, of Waunakee, died Monday, April 22, 2002, at Meriter Hospital in Madison, following a short illness. He was born in Madison on Jan. 3, 1920, the son of Dr. James A. Jackson Jr. and Lillian A. (Young) Jackson. Robert, known as "Bob" to family and friends, graduated from Madison Central High School, received an undergraduate degree from the UW-Madison and an M.D. from the University of Wisconsin Medical School. He graduated from the Menninger School of Psychiatry in Topeka, Kansas, in 1968. During World War II, he served in the Pacific on the aircraft carrier USS Essex. Bob's family founded Madison's Jackson Clinic and built the city's first hospital after the Civil War. He was the fourth generation of his family to practice medicine and surgery in Wisconsin. His father and uncles founded the Jackson Clinic. He was the grandson of Dr. James A. Jackson Sr., a surgeon with the Wisconsin Eagle Regiment during the Civil War, and the great-grandson of Dr. William Hobbins, one of Madison's first white settlers. A psychiatrist later in his career, Bob at first practiced general medicine, surgery and obstetrics in Lancaster and Madison. He was the last physician in the Jackson family to practice in the old Jackson Clinic, 345 W. Washington Ave., before it became a part of the Physicians Plus organization in the late 1980s. Bob was also a sportsman and active in civic affairs throughout his career. He is survived by his wife, Margaret Anne "Marmie" (Morse) Jackson; by seven children, Robert J. (Mary) of Madison, Michael M. (Laurie) of Topeka, Kan., Elizabeth C. (Daniel) Spielmann of Marquette, Mich., Julie A. (Walter) Potter of Georgetown, Texas, E. Jonathan (Jennifer) of Pleasant Prairie, Wis., Peter C. of Madison, and Margaret H. (Randall) Meder of Raleigh, N.C.; 12 grandchildren; a great-grandchild; and three sisters, Jeanne Johnson of Madison, Claire Kemp of Santa Fe, N.M., and Ann Pilcher of Orono, Maine. He was preceded in death by his parents; and his brother, James A. Jackson, Jr. Funeral services will be held at 10:45 a.m. Thursday, April 25, 2002, at ST. DUNSTAN'S EPISCOPAL CHURCH, 6205 University Ave. A reception will be held at the church at 10 a.m. Internment will be in Forest Hill Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Madison Public Library.

Originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal on April 24, 2002; submitted by Michael Vahldieck (Class of 1968)

Note (added 1/10/2009): Robert Droster Jackson's class year is based on information in the 1938 Orange & Black yearbook, where is is listed among the June graduates as "Bob Jackson." The yearbook also indicates that he was class president.


Anonymous said...

Dr. Robert Jackson was the president of his senior class, at Madison Central High School approximately 1938 or 1939. He had the distinction of being one of three Jackson cousins who were presidents of their respective high schools during the same year. The others were:
Virginia Jackson at West High School and
Sydney Jackson(?) at Wisconsin High School(not positive if this was the correct cousin).

entered by Peter C. Jackson his son who lives in Fitchburg, WI presently.

Nadine said...

Thanks for leaving a comment with some additional information about your father, Peter.

I have some of the old yearbooks from the 1930s and have scanned two of them -- 1935 and 1937 and put them online. I do not, however, have yearbooks from 1938 or 1939. During the Great Depression years, the yearbook was called the Orange & Black and was a slim, stapled volume rather than a hardbound book. The next time I do some research at the Downtown Madison Public Library, I'll check the yearbooks in their collection and try to determine what year your father graduated and served as class president.

jhubbel said...

I would very much like to be connected to any remaining members of the Jackson family. My maternal grandfather was Col Joseph W. Jackson, his daughter Miriam Grannis Jackson was my mother. Please anyone from the Jacksons feel free to contact me at Julia Hubbel,

Anonymous said...

Dr. William of early Madison, Joseph and all Hobbins's of the area are family as are the Jacksons. I have been looking at the history of our families..the Hobbins Jackson lineages with great interest. I am James Benjamin Hobbins, son of John Perham Hobbins, grandson of John Suhr Hobbins of the American Exchange Bank family, John S. being the VP back in his day who also ran and narrowly lost election to be Madison mayor in the early sixties and who died when I was just a little boy. Maternally, son of Annie Forsberg, grandson of Margery and Delbert A. Forsberg. After 18 years abroad, I live in Waunakee with my daughters Ashley-Anne (12) and Savanna-Marie, both born in Paris, France and bi-national. I was born in Madison at Madison General Hospital in 1960. Is the Grannis family I see mentioned the Grannis family of Maple Bluff on the Lake? Curious about that. ...I grew up fishing on their pier as a rascal for over a decade and had their son's daughter, Laura, as a student often at La Follette HS when substitute teaching over the years. Google search Ben Hobbins to find out more about my background. Hope to hear from the Jacksons and other related family anytime,