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Photo Courtesy of Stonehill.edu Professor Jackson with his wife when he received the Diane Davis Beacon Award last year at the PRSSA Annual Meeting.

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Professor Jackson with his wife when he received the Diane Davis Beacon Award last year at the PRSSA Annual Meeting.

By Liam Dacko

The College is mourning the loss of Professor Jacob “Jack” Jackson, who died Nov. 7 after a three-year battle with metastatic pancreatic cancer.

Jackson, who resided in Needham, Mass., is survived by wife Cynthia Lewiton Jackson, son Daniel and daughter-in-law Rebecca, son Eric, daughter Julie, mother Nina Jackson and sister Renata Jackson.

Prior to teaching at Stonehill, Jackson held a variety of positions in the field of communication. He was a former reporter for United Press International, a producer for the show “HealthBeat” on WCVB-TV and founder and president of CommCentric Strategies and On-Message Public Relations, among many other positions.

Jackson was honored by the Public Relations Society of America’s (PRSSA) Boston Chapter for his work as a public relations professional last year. He received the PRSSA’s most distinguished honor, the Diane Davis Beacon Award. Many students and faculty attended the ceremony to see Jackson accept his award. Following Jackson’s death, many past and present Stonehill students took to Legacy. com to write messages of condolence to his family.

Caroline Gennaro of Mountain View, CA., said, “Professor Jackson was one of my favorite teachers at Stonehill. I credit him with helping me find my passion in public relations, and I wouldn’t have the career I have today without him.”

“Professor Jackson was my favorite teacher at Stonehill. He made waking up Tuesday and Thursday mornings enjoyable, and I am grateful for having had the opportunity to spend a short amount of time with him,” wrote Tom Kazanowski of Duxbury, Mass.

An anonymous student wrote, “I had the amazing experience of having Professor Jackson as a professor my junior year at Stonehill College. One of my favorite professors, and one of the greatest of people. He will be missed here!”

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