On the suggestion of Dr. Jeanette Pullen, I visited Dr. John Fenwick Jackson, native of Kosciusko, on a number of events. He was most gracious and excited to speak about his boyhood years in Kosciusko, his profession in medication, and his many hobbies.
On the outset of those conversations Dr. Jackson laughed and stated, “I’ve the cardiac output of a Chihuahua!” Regardless that he laughed, we each knew what this meant and that was that he didn’t have lengthy left on this world.
“Everybody knew John was sensible, whilst a younger boy. He invented stuff. He was at all times constructing and creating. He launched an airplane that actually went out of sight,” in response to his outdated buddy Thomas Craft.
When Dr. Jackson was requested about this incident, he confirmed it. He added that this was a gasoline powered mannequin airplane and that it had landed within the neighbor’s hog pen. “These snorting issues ate the entire thing earlier than my eyes – wings, wheels, propeller and motor!”
The late Dr. John Fenwick Jackson credited W.G. Skipworth for uplifting him towards excellence.
He stated he was one of many three greatest academics in his life.
“When Mr. Skipworth realized that I preferred to tinker, he put me within the band’s restore store repairing devices. I used to be already setting software and die for what would develop into Mitchell Steel.”
Though Dr. Jackson settled on the trumpet, his curiosity was peaked by strings as a result of Mr. Skipworth practiced and performed the cello a very good bit.
Dr. Jackson stated of W.G. Skipworth that there was an air of expectation within the band corridor.
“He made us all need to carry out at a excessive degree and we did.” Dr. Jackson was drum main in 1946 and went on to be a member of the Ole Miss band.
He performed trumpet in combos that traversed the State which he stated helped put him by faculty. He modeled the brand new Ole Miss band uniform in 1947 earlier than then Chancellor John Davis Williams, as he himself resembled a toy soldier.
Dr. Jackson credit Charlton Ferguson who was a tuba participant within the 1940 Kosciusko band for turning him onto the brass instrument.
Dr. Jackson sadly advised the story of Charlton Ferguson as a member of the Navy Band recent out of highschool perishing in Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, as he was making ready to play the Star Spangled Banner.
Dr. Jackson was Valedictorian of his Kosciusko Excessive Faculty class in 1946 earlier than receiving a B.A. in Chemistry cum laude on the College of Mississippi. He earned his M.D. Diploma at Tulane earlier than he met his spouse, Mary, within the cafeteria line at Philadelphia Normal Hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Dr. Jackson completed his residency coaching on the UMMC Division of Inner Drugs in Jackson. He later served on the school at Tulane after which took an 12-month sabbatical to Sweden along with his household.
He studied with Nils von Hofsten amongst others at Uppsala College in Sweden. This was the one place on this planet doing severe medical genetics within the early Fifties. He returned to develop into one of many founding fellows within the American Faculty of Medical Genetics. In truth, he and two different fellows wrote the unique take a look at within the subject of genetics.
He subsequently authored or co-authored over 100 scientific publications. He served on school at UMMC Division of Drugs for 28 years and was named Division Chair of Preventive Drugs in 1981, serving till his retirement in 1991.
I had the privilege of sitting at Dr. Jackson’s ft as a medical pupil. He was identified affectionately by medical college students as Dr. Rogers due to his form Mr. Rogers-like method. He wore a pristine starched white coat and hand-tied bow ties. His opening lecture slide at all times confirmed a view from above as he flew his extremely mild plane out over the Gulf from Miami to the Bahamas.
Dr. Jackson would say his most vital achievement was the genetic counseling that he did which was performed greatest by somebody who was deeply grounded and educated about his subject. He had a deep love for music and its significance to kids. He loved kazoo and harmonica parades along with his grandchildren. He delighted in setting up string devices together with banjos and mandolins. His love of nature was highlighted by his creature carvings together with songbirds and waterfowl with element all the way down to the pinfeathers.
After I talked about to Dr. Jackson that we’d identify the performing arts middle after W.G. Skipworth he responded, “nothing could be extra becoming!” Dr. Jackson joins an inventory of musicians who proudly got here up by the ranks of the Kosciusko Band program and spoke of it with nice appreciation.