OBITUARY

Jack Schweitzer

September 19, 1935April 18, 2021

Long-time Jackson, Mississippi resident, Jack Schweitzer, 85, passed away on April 18, 2021, after a lengthy battle with dementia.

Mr. Schweitzer was born September 19, 1935, in St. Louis, Missouri to Albert and Eleanor Schweitzer. Jack was a charismatic and intelligent child and a voracious reader. He attended St. Louis University where he majored in Radio and Television. He met his beloved wife, Tessie, who preceded him in death, in St. Louis where their life together began after marrying in 1964. In 1970, he was hired as the announcer for Mississippi's first PBS affiliate in Jackson. Jack truly became the voice of Mississippi Educational Television, later to be known as MPB. From the late 1970's until his retirement in 2003, he produced and hosted a weekly interview show, "Access," later renamed "Open Air." This is where Jack shined. Or, more aptly, where he let his interviewees shine.

Jack was a warm and kind-hearted man who will be greatly missed by his family and friends. He is survived by an older brother, Albert L. Schweitzer, Jr., his daughters, Nancy Schweitzer Polidi (Ari) and Margaret Schweitzer Tucker (Kevin) as well as his beloved grandsons, Adam and Ethan Polidi.

Services will be held on Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at 10:00 am at the Cathedral of St. Peter the Apostle. The Cathedral will be open at 9:00 am.

Services

  • Cathedral to be open at 9 am

    Wednesday, April 21, 2021

  • Funeral Mass

    Wednesday, April 21, 2021

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Peter Zapletal

April 19, 2021

Jack and I go a long way back and next to Jeanne, he was one of the first one who welcomed me to ETV upon our arrival in February 1971. Some of his ancestors came from middle Europe and he was well versed in history and understood the geopolitical situation there. Often we stood in the hallway and discussed the current events there. Those times I really miss the times there.

It's a shame that we cannot give you a final good-bye on Wednesday. Rest in peace, Jack, but know that you are not forgotten. My most sincere condolences to his family.

Peter Zapletal

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