Dr. Robert W. "Bob" Jackson

July 13, 1930October 25, 2012
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Dr. Robert W. “Bob” Jackson, 82, of Springfield, passed away Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012, at St. John’s Hospice in Springfield. Robert was born in Coolidge, Arizona on July 13, 1930, the son of William and Betty (Britton) Jackson. He married Carolyn Ann Haack, March 27, 1961, in Williamsburg, Iowa, and she survives. Also surviving are his two sons, Brian L. Jackson of Springfield, and Timm W. (wife Emma) Jackson of West Charleston, Vermont; grandson, Todd M. Jackson of Springfield; several nieces, nephews, and cousins; and grandsons honoraires, James, John, Patrick, and Elijah Grayson of Virden. Robert's parents and two brothers preceded him in death. As a young man, Bob put his studies aside in his third year of college to volunteer in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. After returning to his studies, he completed his bachelor's and master's degrees, and received his doctorate from Purdue University in 1963. Dr. Jackson became a full professor of microbiology and immunology at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, and played an instrumental role in the founding of Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, ultimately serving as Executive Associate Dean until his retirement in 1998. Bob's interests were many: He was a model railroader extraordinaire, and helped to found the National Association of S Gaugers in the 1960s. He played an active role as well in the Springfield-area, model-railroaders' Once-a-Month Club. Bob's own model railroad layout has been featured in many national publications, and has been the inspiration of boys and men for decades. Bob was a member of the Springfield Motor Boat Club, where he enjoyed taking his grandsons fishing and boating. He was an avid reader, stargazer, and music aficionado -- especially of classical and jazz. Bob also toured his BMW motorcycle to California or the East Coast many times during the summer. In earlier years, he once drove his beloved '51 Hudson from San Jose to Baltimore in 54 hours. Bob often said, "I couldn't have had a better life," for he was always aware of his great good fortune--a loving and dedicated family, a meaningful career, and lifelong, loyal, caring friends. Known for his generosity and compassion, he possessed an uncanny ability to recognize what others needed, even when they didn't recognize it themselves. He was revered by his family and friends alike as an advisor and mentor. The Jackson family will receive friends from 4-7 pm on Wed., Oct. 31, 2012, with additional visitation on Thurs., Nov. 1, 2012, from 9:30am until time of funeral services at 10:30am, at Bisch Funeral Home West, 2931 S. Koke Mill Rd. in Springfield. Burial will follow at Oak Ridge Cemetery, Springfield, where military honors will be provided by the Inter-Veterans Burial Detail of Sangamon County. Those who wish may direct memorial contributions to the SIU School of Medicine Foundation. Please visit the online “Life Remembered Story” at where tributes and condolences may be left for the family.


  • Visitation Wednesday, October 31, 2012
  • Visitation Thursday, November 1, 2012
  • Funeral Service Thursday, November 1, 2012

Dr. Robert W. "Bob" Jackson

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Kathleen Workman

November 2, 2012

Carolyn and Family

So sorry for your loss. My prays are with you.

Barry Fiedel

November 1, 2012

Carolyn and Family:

My heart goes out to you all. DJ was my mentor, a man I very much admired, and one who set me on my path. I remember visiting with you oh so many years ago; and only recently emailed with DJ. We approach 39 years since I left SU, but my love for DJ remains strong. May all the peace possible be with you and yours.

Doug Boston

November 1, 2012

I never had the pleasure of meeting Bob but his Grandson Patric is best freinds with my son and talked about him often. Bob was good enough to take Pat and Drew fishing during the summer in the past and when he didn't feel good he would let them take his boat out by themselves. My thanks to him for all he did for them. Hearing the stories and reading these posts I'm sure Bob and I would have got along very well as we have a lot in common. Our condolences to the family The Boston's.

October 31, 2012

Our hearts go out to you at your time of loss.

Joseph Urban

October 31, 2012

As the last of Dr. Jackson's graduate students from Syracuse University, he and his family shared their home with me as I made finishing touches on my PhD dissertation. That got me through a difficult time (moving to Baltimore, new job, and a son on the way), and showed the care and concern he had for his students. I mourn his loss, but take comfort in seeing the fullness of his life. My deepest condolences to family and friends.

Charles Repetti

October 31, 2012

Dear Carolyn, Brian, and Tim,
May I express my heartfelt sympathy for the loss of Dr. Bob Jackson. It was my good fortune to have had Bob as a mentor, friend, and guide whose principles and generosity of spirit for others have greatly shaped my life and career, and have remained instructive to this day. Know that his spirit has enriched all those who have known him.

Harold Bardo

October 30, 2012

Carolyn my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. You should feel comforted and know that Bob made many friends who will fondly remember him. The MEDPREP family and I will miss him.

Jean Aden-Olson

October 30, 2012

Carolyn and family,

I am so sorry for the loss of a husband, father, and grandfather. I am sure he will be sadly missed. Reading his obituary, I am sure he was a remarkable man and fun. May you all have special memories of him everyday.

Peter Borgia

October 29, 2012

Carolyn and Family;

My condolesences on Bob's passing. Bob was instrumental in recruiting me to SIUSOM in 1973. I have a lot of fond memories eating lunch with him in his office the first few years that I was at the school. He was extraordinarily kind to me when my son was accidentally killed. I will always remember him for that.

October 29, 2012

Todd - so sorry to hear about the loss of your Grandfather. Doug, Vicki & Jared Strohm.