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JACKSON, Auzville 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, Va., 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, Ky., offering him a job with the Reynolds Metals Company. He moved to Richmond with the company, and later joined Robertshaw Controls Company, 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 p.m., Monday, July 30, 2012 at Second Presbyterian Church, 5 North 5th St., Richmond, Va. Condolences may be left at

This obituary was originally published in the Richmond Times-Dispatch.
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Published online on 7/29/2012 courtesy of Richmond Times-Dispatch.