Marion T. Jackson

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Marion T. Jackson

August 19, 1933 - February 07, 2019

Marion T. Jackson Dr. Marion T. Jackson, 85, of Terre Haute passed away at Brookdale of Ft. Wayne on Thursday, February 7, 2019. He was born near Versailles on August 19, 1933 the son of Marshall and Estelle Fox Jackson.
He was married to Jaleh Jorjani on June 1, 1985 and she preceded him in death in June of 2016. Survivors include two daughters Arshia Myers of Dayton, Ohio, and Grousha (Jason) Birkenbeul of Ft. Wayne; four granddaughters Elise and Libby Myers, and Mia and Claire Birkenbeul; also his sister-in-law Eva Fern Jackson of Versailles. He was also preceded in death by his parents, his brothers Willard, Kenneth, and Hubert Jackson, and his sisters Naomi Ruth Carter, Margaret Jobst, and Neva Rea.
Mr. Jackson was a 1951 graduate of Versailles High School and began his working career at Coca-Cola in Ft. Wayne in June of 1951. He served with the US Naval Reserve from 1953 to 1955 aboard the USS Currituck, a seaplane tender based at Norfolk, Virginia. In 1955 he was employed in Ft. Wayne as a technical writer in the Talos ground-to-air missile program at the Farnsworth Electronics Company. He received his B.S. degree in Conservation of Natural Resources from Purdue University in 1961 and received his PhD degree in plant ecology from Purdue in 1964.
He was a former professor at Moorhead State University and in September of 1964 began a 37-year career at Indiana State University in Terre Haute as a professor in the Life Science department, also teaching part time at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College near Terre Haute. Mr. Jackson authored two books including "The Natural Heritage of Indiana" and also "Indiana Trees," in an effort to protect the state's natural heritage and biodiversity. He also spent many summers working for the US Forest Service in Idaho, the National Park Service in Oregon, and the US Fish and Wildlife Service in Alaska. Other accomplishments in Mr. Jackson's career included being editor and president for the Indiana Academy of Science, president of the Indiana Chapter of the Nature Conservancy, president of the Wabash Valley Audubon Society, and serving on the Board of Trustees of the Natural Areas Association. He was also named Conservationist of the Year in 2017 by the Ouabache Land Conservancy.
Funeral services for Mr. Jackson will be held on Friday, February 15 at 2 p.m. at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with the Rev. Jeff Stratton officiating. Burial will be in the Tanglewood Cemetery. Visitation will also be on Friday beginning at 1 p.m. Memorial contributions may be given to ACRES Land Trust or the Tanglewood Cemetery in care of the funeral home. A memorial service for Mr. Jackson will also be held on Saturday, February 16 at 1 p.m. at the Debaun Funeral Home, 85 E. Springhill Drive in Terre Haute.
Published on February 12, 2019
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Nancy H.
Feb 15, 2019
The story goes like this...some (longish) time ago, I was a relatively new and somewhat flailing masters student, heading toward my second semester of graduate school with no thesis project in sight.... by coincidence (or just dumb luck), I took Dr. Jackson's biogeography course... and later, was offered a "little tree project" at Dobbs Park...which has grown into a 35 year study of a small forest stand in the Midwest... perhaps a good story in and of itself, but that's not where this story ends...from this little plot, and the many hours spent with Dr. Jackson in the field, I gained a wealth of knowledge that led me to a tropical forest project (for the Smithsonian)...which led me to the co...mpletion of a Ph.D. ...and now, as a full professor with my own plots of trees to study, I am doing my best to "be" what Dr. Jackson (both directly and indirectly) taught to be a good to be a good to enjoy work (so that it's not work) to pay it forward...Dr. Jackson was an examplar in teaching and an advocate for Indiana's natural thank you, Dr. Jackson, for making me a better professor, and in many ways, a better person...and my thoughts are prayers are with you and your family as you join God for a stroll in His heavenly forests...Read more
Helen Boyer
Feb 14, 2019
Dr. Jackson was my favorite instructor at ISU. I learned a wealth of information from his classes and field trips. The field trips nurtured my love of nature and exploring the outdoors. This has been passed along to my sons and granddaughters. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.
Beth Sexton
Feb 13, 2019
I worked for Dr. Jackson for several years while a student at ISU. He was a remarkable man and had a true love of everything outdoors. So sorry to hear of his passing. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.