Reid Jackson Sr., 83, was MSU professor


Reid E. Jackson Sr., a retired Morgan State University professor, died Saturday at Union Memorial Hospital. He had been in failing health for about a year.

A memorial service for Dr. Jackson, who was 83 and lived on Winston Avenue, will be held at 1 p.m. tomorrow at Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church, 1300 Druid Hill Ave.

Born in Paducah, Ky., the son of the late educator George Washington Jackson and Julia Reid Jackson was reared in Louisville and attended public schools there.

He received his undergraduate degree from Wilberforce University in Ohio and his master's and doctorate in psychology from Ohio State University.

For most of his adult life, Dr. Jackson was a teacher and administrator at historically black colleges and universities.

Throughout his life, Dr. Jackson was a strong advocate of the equality of black Americans in education. The author of many articles published in scholarly journals, he was known to students as a personable but straightforward instructor who motivated them to achieve success.

Dr. Jackson gave about 15 years service to Morgan, beginning in the mid-1960s, as either a full-time or part-time professor and as a volunteer, according to his son, Reid Jackson 2nd.

Dr. Jackson's love of academe kept him coming to Morgan State regularly to talk with professors and students after he was no longer employed at the university.

He was a member of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity and held the national office of editor of its periodical, the Sphinx, in the late 1940s.

Dr. Jackson's wife, the former Lelia Elizabeth Loga, died last year.

Survivors include a daughter, Annette Dawson of Baltimore; a son, Dr. Reid Jackson 2nd of Silver Spring; a brother, Dr. Blyden Jackson of Chapel Hill, N.C.; three grandsons; a granddaughter; and two great-grandsons.

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