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Jackson W. Bosley

Jackson W. Bosley Jackson Worth Bosley, 92, veteran of three wars, passed away on August 16, 2013 in Austin, Texas. He is survived by his wife Sandra, son Dr. Jackson Tay Bosley (Emili) and daughter Julia Collins. He attended public schools in Indiana, graduated from Franklin College of Indiana, AB, and received an MA in Oriental Studies from Stanford University in 1949. During World War II he served with the 82nd, 101st, and 17th Airborne Divisions in various glider and parachute units in the U.S. and across Europe. Recalled to duty to the Korean Conflict as an Intelligence Officer, he remained in the Army, retiring as a Lt. Col. with over 20 years of active service. His personal decorations include the Legion of Merit with one oak leaf cluster in lieu of a second award, the Bronze Star, the Army Commendation Medal with palm, and service ribbons with thirteen campaign stars and Invasion Arrowhead. During his military career, he served as an officer with the Central Intelligence Agency as a specialist in Asian Affairs. Following service in Vietnam and military retirement, he was employed by the CIA. Col. Bosley's active life was dedicated to public service and lived with intellect and humor. He was an Eagle Scout, a life-long philatelist and Life Member of the American Philatelic Society, the Texas Philatelic Society, and the Austin Stamp Club. He was the national president of the Universal Ship Cancellation Society as a specialist in postal history of the U.S. Navy. Austin memberships included the Town and Gown Club, the English-Speaking Union, the International Hospitality Council, the Stanford Club, All Saints' Episcopal Church, and he was a former docent for the Austin Lyric Opera Society. Jackson's priorities included people, generosity, tolerance, and an interest in world affairs. He loved looking at beautiful things and was intrigued by life's possibilities. He was preceded in death by parents Leon and Margaret Bosley, sisters Bettie Murphy and Margaret Cross. Survivors also include granddaughter Metta Prieto (Marcos) and two great-grandchildren; nephews and nieces Steve Pattison (Diana), Mike Pattison, Sara Matthews, Leslie Rowntree; and godson Michael Shirk (Michele). A memorial service will be held on Friday, September 13, at 3:00 p.m., All Saints' Episcopal Church, 209 W. 27th Street, 78705 in Austin.




Published in Austin American-Statesman on Aug. 29, 2013
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