Roger Lee Jackson

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October 16, 1931 - June 1, 2014 Roger Lee Jackson passed away in his home on June 1, 2014. He was born in Winston Salem, NC on October 16, 1931 and buried in Oblong, Illinois on June 6, 2014 with a celebration of his life of architecture, design and construction. He was laid to rest with the Alfred Tennyson poem entitled Crossing the Bar. At 16 Roger began his career winning the NC Soap Box Derby championship in 1947 and reaching the national semi finals. He graduated in 1955 from North Carolina State School of Design with a degree in Architecture and while there worked and studied with Buckminster Fuller and Eduardo Catalano for whom he illustrated several architectural design books. While in the Air Force he worked on the Air Force Academy Construction team with Walter Netsch from Skidmore, Owings and Merrill. His attention to detail and perfectionism helped the construction of this and every other project in his career. Upon completion of his tour of duty he moved to Salt Lake City to continue his architecture career and enjoy skiing, hiking and climbing in the nearby mountains and national parks. In Salt Lake he designed and worked on a state prison and university expansion. In 1968 he joined the Los Angeles based Quinton Engineering and worked on major airline hangars, shops and engine test cells in Minnesota, North Carolina and California. Later when working for Jones Brothers Construction and JCM Construction Management he worked on hangar and terminal expansion at LAX and O'Hare for United Airlines and American Airlines, medical facilities for UCLA, St. John's Hospital and Arrowhead Medical Center and many other major projects. Roger's passion for perfection and design included woodworking and concrete projects of bookcases, tables, walls, pavers, and redoing the back hill of his residence with interlocking structural terraces after a slide in 1980. Roger and Mary Ann climbed, hiked and traveled to many places around the world including the American and Canadian Rockies, Switzerland, New Zealand, Greece, and Scotland. With inspiration from Buckminster Fuller and Magnus Wenninger and for the challenge he constructed many polyhedra including several hexa/tetra/icosahedra sculptures. He was constantly using his hands for design and construction and his legs for building and hiking until 2007 when he first started to suffer the effects of Parkinsonian Syndrome while hiking in Switzerland. Roger is survived by his wife, Mary Ann, and predeceased by sister, Helen Jackson Lindsay of Greensboro, NC. Send donations in his memory to Michael J Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from June 11 to June 15, 2014
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