Jesse P. Jackson (’57)

Dr. Jesse P. Jackson was born January 19, 1933 in San Antonio, Texas, and passed away on April 20, 2021.He grew up in Medina, Texas, excelling in both academics and sports. He went on to play basketball at Rice University. After completing his undergraduate work, Jesse received his doctor of optometry at the University of Houston. He practiced at Texas State Optical for many years before opening his own practice in 1982 in San Antonio, serving thousands of patients before semi-retiring in 2010.Jesse had many hobbies throughout his life, namely sailing, flying his own personal aircrafts, playing tennis, golf, and, most notably, fishing the many lakes in and around Texas. He was also an avid Dallas Cowboys and San Antonio Spurs fan. He is survived by his wife of over 40 years, Bonnie Jackson; children, Scott Rowe, Alan Jackson and wife Mary Ann; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; brother Louis Jackson and wife Shirley; numerous nieces and nephews; and many other relatives and close friends.

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