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Louise H. Jackson, city teacher, dies

Louise H. Jackson, a retired city public school educator, died May 13 of cancer at her Ashburton home. She was 88.

Louise Hare, the daughter of a groundskeeper and a homemaker, was born and raised in Charlotte, N.C.

She was a 1940 graduate of Second Ward High School and earned a bachelor's degree in 1946 in French from Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte. She later earned a master's degree in French from New York University.

She began her teaching career at Plato Price High School in Charlotte before moving to Baltimore in 1954 when she married the Rev. Benjamin Franklin Jackson, who was pastor of Fulton Baptist Church. He died in 1968.

Mrs. Jackson taught French and social studies in city public schools for 25 years until retiring in 1985, when then-Mayor William Donald Schaefer presented her with a City of Baltimore Certificate of Merit.

Mrs. Jackson was a charter member of the Roland McConnell branch of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History.

In 1993, she was instrumental in assisting Morgan State's department of fine arts and the director of the Performing Arts Series, which presented a successful concert that featured opera star Jessye Norman.

Mrs. Jackson was a lifetime member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and during the 1980s served as the Baltimore chapter's chaplain.

A resident of Sequoia Avenue for more than 50 years, Mrs. Jackson enjoyed traveling.

She was a member of Trinity Presbyterian Church, where services were held Tuesday.

Surviving are a brother, Hosea William "Joe" Hare of Greenville, N.C.; and many nieces and nephews.

fred.rasmussen@baltsun.com

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