John Leonard Jackson - Melbourne - Dr. John Leonard Jackson, 81, passed away on Thursday, March 4, 2010. He was born in Birmingham, Alabama on February 9, 1929. John attended the University of Alabama where he was President of his senior class, a member of Alpha Epsilon Delta and the Sigma Nu Fraternity. He subsequently graduated from Columbia University School of Medicine Class of 1954. He served as a doctor in the USAF and was a past Deputy Hospital Command er at PAFB. As a member of the Department of Defense Medical Support Operations, John was assigned surgeon to the original seven mercury astronauts and received the Air Force Commendation Medal. He was Board Certified in General Surgery, a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, licensed to practice in Florida and Georgia. He started his private practice in Melbourne in 1964, was on the staff of HRMC for 33 years, joined MIMA in the last year of his career, retiring in 1997. During his tenure at Holmes, he served as Chief of Surgery and Chief of Staff. John was honored to be the first recipient of "Doctor with the Biggest Heart" award. John was appointed to the advisory board of the Indialantic Beach Bank. He was devout Christian and a member of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Alberta; daughters, Jane, Janet and Madge; sons, John, Jr., Bill and Jimmy Jackson; grandchildren, Brooke, Heath, Martelle, Ainsley, Arden and William. Memorial services will be held at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church Wednesday, March 10th at 11:00 a.m. Donations may be sent to Holmes Regional Medical Center, Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, the
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. Brownlie Maxwell Funeral Home is serving the family, 321-723-2345. www.brownliemaxwell.com.
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Published in FLORIDA TODAY on Mar. 7, 2010