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Jackson, Harry Rathbun

Harry Rathbun Jackson, 102, former insurance executive and a resident of Larchmont, New York since 1942, died Wednesday March 26, 2014 in Annapolis, Maryland with his family at his side. Born in Brooklyn, NY on Feb. 16, 1912 to G. Harry and Mae C. Clark Jackson, he attended Manhasset High School and Hebron Academy in Maine and graduated from Brown University in 1934.

Harry married the former Elizabeth Ridlon (Betty) of Boston in 1936. They were together 44 years until the time of her death in 1980.

A Navy veteran of World War II, Harry served as gunnery officer in both the North Atlantic and Pacific as a lieutenant. He entered the insurance business in the 1930's with Wm. H. McGhee, Inc. and later with Hartford Fire. After the war in 1946, he joined the family's brokerage firm G. H. Jackson Company as Vice President and Director where he worked until his retirement in 1985. After moving to Larchmont in 1942, Harry became an active member of St. John's Episcopal Church. In 1956, while serving on the vestry, he was the driving force in the development of the new Sunday school building. He taught Sunday school for 25 years, but he was most noted and beloved for his must-read "I Think It's Great…" column in St. John's monthly newsletter, "Chimes," that enthusiastically documented the activities of parishioners.

Harry was a member of the Larchmont Yacht Club for 63 years. Fully committed to serving his community, over the years he was active with the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Red Cross, Community Chest, Larchmont Men's Club, Larchmont University Club, Literacy Volunteers, Sheldrake Environmental Center, Larchmont Mamaroneck Interfaith Council, Friends of the Larchmont Public Library, Larchmont Historical Society and other charitable organizations.

In 1957, Harry led a trip for boys from Westchester and Long Island to Philmont Scout Ranch (NM) for a month of backcountry hiking. An avid sports fan, he closely followed local high school teams and athletes, but above all, he loved working with youth. He was a member of The Economic Club of New York, several professional insurance associations, Brown University Club of New York and Theta Delta Chi Fraternity.

Besides his wife, Harry was predeceased by his 17 year old daughter, Elizabeth Joy Jackson; two brothers, twin Franklyn J. (Jeff) Jackson and Richard S. Jackson. Harry is survived by two children, John Jeffrey Jackson (Jeff) of Easton, MD and Harriet Mae Heiman (Happy) of McLain, VA; his brother, Thomas C. Jackson of Bloomfield, CT; and four grandchildren: Jennifer Jackson, Brian Jackson, Erica Heiman and Stephanie Craft.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, May 17, 2014 at 11 AM at St. John's Episcopal Church, Fountain Square, Larchmont, NY. In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to your local Hospice organization.

Published in the The Journal News on Apr. 13, 2014
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