Wednesday, September 03, 2008

OBT: Dr. John Jackman

From Texas A&M, via Mike Quinn:

Department Remembers Dr. John Jackman


Dr. John Jackman, Texas AgriLife Extension Service specialist, died suddenly at his home on Aug. 28.

Born in Mt. Clemmons, Mich., on March 30, 1948, Jackman spent most of his childhood in Michigan, where he developed his love and fascination with insects, according to colleagues.

He obtained his bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees in entomology from Michigan State University. Jackman joined AgriLife Extension in 1976 and had a joint appointment with both AgriLife Extension and AgriLife Research.

“John was known and loved by everyone who crossed his path. His smile was contagious, and his laugh infectious,” said Dr. Kevin Heinz, entomology department head.

Jackman spread his knowledge of insects to the world through his two published field guides, his extensive Web site and as an entomology professor, he said.

“He developed a one-of-a-kind course that taught budding entomologists the delicate art of fly tying, his beloved hobby,” Heinz noted.

Jackman received many awards during his career capped by receiving the inaugural Friends of IPM Lifetime Achievement Award, by the Southern Region Integrated Pest Management Center, “for years of significant contributions to integrated pest management work in the southern region.”

He was a pioneer in using computers to predict insect outbreak problems and providing educational materials electronically to further expand his own educational projects as well as those of his colleagues to a worldwide presence.

Jackman was also active in the Brazos Valley Master Gardener program, the Brazos Valley Fly Fisherman's Club and as faculty adviser to the Eagle Scout Club.

He is survived by his wife Linda and sons Paul and Kevin, son and daughter-in-law Ben and Heather, granddaughter Madeline, mother Nina, and many other family members and friends.

In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests donations to be made in Jackman's name to the Texas A&M Foundation, the Boy Scouts of America or another charity of choice.

Obituary
Dr. John A. Jackman passed away August 28, 2008 at his home in College Station, Texas. John was born in Mt. Clemmons, Michigan on March 30, 1948 to Nina and Richard Jackman. He spent most of his childhood in Michigan; it was here he developed his love and fascination with insects. John attended Michigan State University where he graduated with a Ph.D. in Entomology. I t was at Michigan State where he met and married his life-long love Linda J. Hamilton. Following graduation he and Linda moved to College Station where John went to work at the Department of Entomology at Texas A&M University.

John was known and loved by everyone who crossed his path. His smile was contagious, and his laugh infectious. After moving to College Station his three boys, Paul Hamilton, Kevin Richard and Benjamin John were born. Alongside his sons, John was actively involved with the Boy Scouts. He eventually became Scout Master to Boy Scout Troop 802, and was proud to watch his three sons obtain Eagle Scout rank. Through the A&M Entomology Department he would grow and develop not only his career, but also help to spread his knowledge of insects to the world through his two published field guides, his extensive Web Site on entomology and as a professor. He developed a one-of-a-kind course in the entomology department that taught budding entomologists the delicate art of fly tying, his beloved hobby. John was also active in the Brazos Valley Master Gardener program, the Brazos Valley Fly Fisherman's Club and the served as the faculty adviser to the Eagle Scout Club.

John was a loving son, a protective brother, an amazing husband, a much admired and loved father, and an incredibly doting grandfather. He was looked up to by so many, and adored by all. He is survived by his wife Linda, his sons Paul, Kevin and Ben and his wife Heather, his grand-daughter Madeline, his mother Nina, and many other friends, brothers, sisters, nephews and nieces. He will be so missed and forever remembered by his family.

John's life will be celebrated with a visitation at the Memorial Funeral Chapel, Saturday August 30, 2008 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the stateroom. His memorial service will also be held at the Chapel at 1 p.m. on Sunday August 31, 2008.

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