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Dr. Donald E. Jackson

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Profession

Category:
MedicalMakers
Occupation(s):
Veterinarian

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
None
Favorite Time of Year:
None
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Mountains
Favorite Quote:
He who travels fastest travels alone.

Birthplace

Born:
8/17/1926
Birth Location:
Kansas City, Kansas

Profession

Category:
MedicalMakers
Occupation(s):
Veterinarian

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
None
Favorite Time of Year:
None
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Mountains
Favorite Quote:
He who travels fastest travels alone.

Birthplace

Born:
8/17/1926
Birth Location:
Kansas City
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Biography

Dr. Donald E. Jackson, Tuskegee Air Cadet and veterinarian, was born August 17, 1926, in Kansas City, Kansas. His father, Roy Jackson was an auto mechanic and his mother was a teacher and later the director of a children's home. As a child, Jackson was surrounded by black role models that inspired him to one day have his own business.

An excellent science student, Jackson graduated from Charles Sumner High School in Kansas City, in 1944, at the height of World War II. He was already enlisted in the Army Reserve Corps and dreamed of becoming a fighter pilot. After Jackson's basic training, he was sent to Tuskegee and there he was taught by some of the heroic veterans of the 99th Pursuit Squadron. He graduated at the close the war, in Class 45H, the last group of Tuskegee Airmen trained. However, due to the Excess Officer Act, Jackson was put on extended leave and allowed to attend college.

At Kansas State University, he earned a doctor of veterinary medicine degree in 1951. Jackson wanted his own practice, although most of the six black veterinarians he knew were employed by the government as meat inspectors. To get started, he assisted Dr. George Bronson in his small animal practice and in 1957; Jackson opened his All Pets Clinic in Wichita, Kansas. This small animal hospital treated cats, dogs and other pets and remained busy until Jackson retired in 2001.

Civic minded and committed to youth, Jackson volunteered for the Boy Scouts of America, serving as a scout leader and a district representative judging eagle scout candidates. Jackson served on the advisory board of Bank IV of Wichita from 1991 to 1996 and was an active tutor to young black males in the Wichita school system. Jackson, who attended classes at Wichita State in Medieval History, was a member of the Oz Bicycle Club and enjoyed cross-country skiing. He lived in Wichita with his wife and children.

Jackson passed away on February 21, 2018 at age 91.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Donald Jackson interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Donald Jackson's favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Donald Jackson discusses his parents' backgrounds
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Donald Jackson remembers his ancestors
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Donald Jackson shares memories from his childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Donald Jackson details life in the Kansas City, Kansas of his childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Donald Jackson describes his childhood personality
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Donald Jackson recalls his early interest in airplanes
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Donald Jackson discusses his early athletic career
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Donald Jackson discusses the state of education during his youth
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Donald Jackson describes his tenure in the Army
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Donald Jackson explains his pursuit of veterinary medicine
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Donald Jackson describes his experience in veterinary school at Kansas State University
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Donald Jackson describes his career as a veterinarian
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Donald Jackson describes changes in veterinary medicine
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Donald Jackson discusses issues in pet care
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Donald Jackson discusses dogfights
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Donald Jackson considers the practice of cropping the ears and tails of certain dogs
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Donald Jackson reviews his career as a veterinarian
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Donald Jackson discusses his involvement with the Boy Scouts of America
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Donald Jackson recalls an important mentoring experience
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Donald Jackson discusses his hobbies
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Donald Jackson describes his mother's attitude toward education
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Donald Jackson considers his legacy
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Donald Jackson emphasizes the need for improving education in the black community
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Photo - Donald Jackson skiing the Boreas Pass Trail near Breckenridge, Colorado, March 1989
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Photo - Donald Jackson, Boy Scout leader, at the Medicine Lodge Indian Peace Treaty Pageant, Medicine Lodge, Kansas, 1988
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Photo - Donald Jackson with son Jason Jackson at a Boy Scouts of America event
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Photo - Donald Jackson with other members of Kansas State University's UNESCO, Manhattan, Kansas, ca. 1946-1951
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Photo - Donald Jackson with his first car, Peoria, Illinois, ca. 1951
  • Tape: 4 Story: 11 - Photo - Donald Jackson at veterinary school at Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas, 1951
  • Tape: 4 Story: 12 - Photo - Donald Jackson's mother, Viola Jackson, ca. 1946-1947
  • Tape: 4 Story: 13 - Photo - Donald Jackson, a football player, in his junior year of high school, ca. 1943
  • Tape: 4 Story: 14 - Photo - Donald Jackson upon graduating from Army air cadet training, Kansas, 1945
  • Tape: 4 Story: 15 - Photo - Donald Jackson's grandmother and grandfather, 1864
  • Tape: 4 Story: 16 - Photo - Donald Jackson at his cadet school graduation, Tuskegee, Alabama, 1945
  • Tape: 4 Story: 17 - Photo - Donald Jackson, an Army air cadet, 1945
  • Tape: 4 Story: 18 - Photo - Donald Jackson with Army air cadet classmates, Tuskegee, Alabama, 1945
  • Tape: 4 Story: 19 - Photo - Donald Jackson's grandparents and their twelve children
  • Tape: 4 Story: 20 - Photo - Donald Jackson with his wife and children at a Jackson family reunion
  • Tape: 4 Story: 21 - Photo - Donald Jackson in a school photograph, ca. 1930s
  • Tape: 4 Story: 22 - Photo - Donald Jackson in junior high school, ca. 1930s
  • Tape: 4 Story: 23 - Photo - Donald Jackson, a trained air cadet, in front of a B-25 bomber, 1945
  • Tape: 4 Story: 24 - Photo - Donald Jackson with the entering class of Army air cadet training school, Tuskegee, Alabama, ca. 1945
  • Tape: 4 Story: 25 - Photo - Donald Jackson with his high school football team, Kansas City, Kansas, ca. 1930s
  • Tape: 4 Story: 26 - Photo - Donald Jackson as a baby, ca. late 1920s
  • Tape: 4 Story: 27 - Photo - Donald Jackson biking, July 2002
  • Tape: 4 Story: 28 - Photo - Donald Jackson at a Jackson family reunion, ca. 1992
  • Tape: 4 Story: 29 - Photo - Donald Jackson at the summit of Mount Elbert near Leadville, Colorado