Auzville Jackson Jr.

February 10, 1927July 27, 2012

Auzville Jackson, Jr., 85, passed away on Friday, July 27, 2012 after a brief battle with cancer. He lost that fight, but his optimistic, positive nature remained unimpaired until the end. He is survived by Estelle, his beloved wife for almost 59 years, his special son, Robert Auzville Jackson, "darling daughter" Sarah Jackson Sakach, his son- in-law, Ronald Gene Sakach, two grandsons, Thomas Jackson Sakach and Matthew Kent Sakach, his niece Nancy Northey Beresford and a grandnephew Christopher Beresford. Auzzie was born in Chatham, Virginia on February 10, 1927. For a time he was the youngest Eagle Scout in the United States, receiving the badge in two years' time. While living in Alexandria, he attended George Washington High School. He enlisted in the Army at the age 16 and, after a competitive exam, went to Carnegie Tech to study engineering. On active service at the beginning of the cold war, Auzzie became a lieutenant at the age of 19. Back home in Richmond, he studied for two years at Richmond Professional Institute, and after two more years, graduated from Virginia Tech in 1950 with a degree in metallurgical engineering. While working as a patent examiner for the United States Patent Office in Washington, D.C., he enrolled in law school at George Washington University, and after graduation, worked for the Office of Naval Research. Five years later, he received a call from Louisville, Kentucky offering him a job with the Reynolds Metals Company. He moved to Richmond with the company, and later joined Robertshaw Controls Co. as vice-president and chief patent counsel. In succeeding years he served as the first president of the Tennessee Technology Foundation, and later became a partner at Staas & Halsey. Still later, he decided to set up the Jackson Patent Group, which has practiced patent, trademark, copyright and other intellectual property law ever since 1991. Mr. Jackson served as an adjunct associate professor of intellectual property law at the University of Richmond and a lecturer on intellectual property law at the College of William and Mary. He had a number of hobbies, especially an interest in developing a commercial use for the chinquapin nut. He belonged to the Second Presbyterian Church, the Cosmos Club, the Industrial Research Institute, the Northern Nut Growers, Fishing Bay Yacht Club, and was the President and Founder of the Small Business Technology Institute. One of his favorite sayings: "It's not a matter of falling down; it's a matter of getting back up". A memorial service for Mr. Jackson will take place at 3:00 p.m., Monday, July 30, 2012 at Second Presbyterian Church, 5 North Street, Richmond, Va. Condolences may be left at


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Patrick Diamond

October 15, 2012

I worked with Auz for a half dozen years and we remained close friends for an additional 30 years. Never have I met finer gentleman nor had a firmer friend.

Estelle, I am so sorry for your loss.

Brian Joseph

October 3, 2012

Auzie was one of the most amazing men I've ever met! Always positive... Always brilliant... I will miss him... Estelle, I am so sorry for your loss.... Brian Joseph

Albert Johnson

August 16, 2012

I shall forever be a better man from the benefit of Auzzie's friendship and counsel, and in spite of knowing that at age 85 his patient walk with us would end sooner rather than later, I shall still miss him dearly. Please accept my most sincere condolences, and my thanks for enabling Auzzie to share so much with us through his many industrial and social activities.

August 15, 2012

Dear Estelle, Our heart goes out to you on the loss of our dear IRI friend. His wisdom and good counsel will be missed. George T. Jacobi

IRI Board of Directors and Staff

August 14, 2012

The Industrial Research Institute (IRI) lost a true friend and ally, a perfect gentleman, and a bright star in our midst. The Institute will truly miss him, his advice, his wit, and his support. Deepest condolences to Estelle and family.

Chuck Larson

August 14, 2012

Auzzie was a wonderful friend and trusted colleague. He was always ready to help in any project IRI had for him. His knowledge of patent law and technology management was suberb. He will always be remembered.

Jim Beran

August 2, 2012

To Auzzie's family, may memories of happy times with Auzzie bring you comfort in the coming days. I knew him through GRIPLA, where his years of experience, charm, and way with words will be deeply missed.

July 31, 2012

I fondly remember Auzzie during the course of my many contacts and associations with him during the course of our Patent Law careers.He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him. Nikki and I extend our deepest sympathies.

Nikki and Gene Stockman

July 31, 2012


I have many fond memories of Auzzie and you from the Sleepy Hollow Board and neighborhood parties. Auzzie was a wonderful man and very approachable. I had no idea he was ill and I know you miss him very much already. I hope to see you soon.

Cliff & Carol Fleet

July 31, 2012

Auzzie was a great friend and educator to me. He made me laugh, he always had a great story to tell and most all he was a greatr charmer. In summing up he inspired me to create and most of all encouraged me to never stop inventing and working.

Auzzie was truly one of a kind.

My wife and I will really miss him!

Tom and Mary Gretz