JACKSON ROBERT HYDE JACKSON September 15, 1931 ~ December 8, 2013 Bob Jackson was a dedicated teacher, coach and mentor of the deaf community. His career spanned 34 years as an associate professor in the Physical Education Department at Gallaudet University. Gallaudet is a federally chartered private university for the education of the deaf and the hard of hearing located in Washington, D.C. While at Gallaudet he taught physical education both in the classroom and on the field, coaching basketball, volleyball, tennis and swimming. Bob introduced volleyball as a collegiate sport to the University, winning several championships over the course of ten years. Bob also taught for several years at Penn State University. Bob represented the United States at two World Deaf Olympic Games. At the 1977 Games hosted in Romania, he was the Men's Volleyball Team coach. At the 1989 Games hosted in New Zealand, he was the Men's Tennis coach. In 2009, Bob was inducted into the Gallaudet University Athletic Hall of Fame for his outstanding contributions as the Men's Volleyball coach. Robert Jackson was born in Tennessee and grew up in Panama and Louisiana where he met his wife Barbara Bonin in high school. He received his Bachelor of Science from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Bob received his Master's of Physical Education from the University of Maryland. He also served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean Conflict. Bob is survived by his wife of 60 years Barbara and their two daughters Claire Hamblen and Laura Johnson and four grandchildren. Memorial services for Robert Jackson will be held at the Vienna Presbyterian Church, 124 Park Street NE, Vienna, VA 22180, at 1:00 pm on Saturday, December 28. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Bob's name to the Gallaudet University Bison Athletics: https://giving.gallaudet.edu/sslpage.aspx?pid=369Memorial services for Robert Jackson will be held at the Vienna Presbyterian Church, 124 Park Street NE, Vienna, VA 22180, at 1:00 pm on Saturday, December 28. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Bob's name to the Gallaudet University Bison Athletics: https://giving.gallaudet.edu/sslpage.aspx?pid=369
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Published in The Washington Post on Dec. 15, 2013