JACKSON, Dr. James Howard, Professor Emeritus of the School of Business, Virginia Commonwealth University, 84, died April 27, 2013. Born in West Graham (Tazewell County, Va.), he was the son of the late Henry Mitchell Jackson and Celia Gladys Whitman Jackson. He was preceded in death by his brother, Paul Franklin Jackson. Dr. Jackson is survived by his sister, Mary Lou Satterfield and husband, Ron of Chesapeake; sister-in-law, Joan Combs Jackson; nephews, John Gregory Jackson (Patty) and Richard Allen Jackson (Maria); great-nephew, Travis Jackson; great-nieces, Courtney Jackson, Michelle Conner and Melissa Curtis all of Melbourne, Fla.; nephew, Michael David Wilder (Autumn); and great-nephew, Hunter Wilder all of McComb, Miss. Dr. Jackson received his education at McLain's Business College, Bluefield, W.Va., The University of Tennessee and The Ohio State University. He served in the United States Army as an administrative assistant to the commanding generals of the 45th Infantry Division in Japan and Korea, and he earned the Bronze Star for Meritorious Service. Upon completing a bachelor's degree, he was employed as manager and buyer for the Vasey Furniture Company, Knoxville, Tenn. After four years in the furniture business, he returned to the University of Tennessee, completed a master's degree and began a 40-year career as an educator, accepting a position as assistant professor at Georgia Southern College in Statesboro, Ga. After earning his Ph.D. in 1965, he received an appointment as Consultant in Commerce to the Government of India, whereby he was involved in enlarging and improving teaching standards. He returned to Georgia Southern in 1968 to chair the Department of Business Education and Office Administration. In 1971, he joined the business school faculty at Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, where he served as chairman of the Business Education and Office Administration Department from 1980 to 1990. Dr. Jackson co-authored four textbooks in the field of administrative support and communications. He attained the designation Certified Professional Secretary, being the ninth male to pass the required two-day rigorous testing. He later served on the National Board of the International Association of Administrative Professionals. In 1989, he received the Delta Pi Epsilon Teacher of the Year Award and in 1990, he was inducted into the Business Education Hall of Fame by the Richmond City Public Schools. An avid public speaker, Dr. Jackson was well known throughout Virginia for his ability to motivate and challenge those who had chosen career paths in office technology, business communications and management, and conducted numerous workshops and seminars for VCU and Richmond businesses. Dr. Jackson was a longtime member of Centenary United Methodist Church, Richmond. A service to honor the life of Dr. Jackson will be held at 12 noon on Wednesday, May 1, at the Central Chapel of the Bliley Funeral Home, 3801 Augusta Ave., Richmond. The family will receive visitors from 11 a.m. to 12 noon and after the service from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Interment will be 1 p.m. Thursday, May 2, at the Maple Hill Cemetery in Bluefield, Va. (Continued...)
This obituary was originally published in the Richmond Times-Dispatch.