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Jackson (Jack) Sigler

Jackson (Jack) Sigler, aged 80, died May 13 in Tampa. A resident of Tallahassee since 1999, Jack worked as an independent scholar, publishing nationally and internationally on French history of the Revolution and First Empire, and conducted interviews of military veterans for the FSU Oral History Program and the Library of Congress Veterans History Project. Born in Chicago, Jack grew up in Spirit Lake, IA, received his B.A. (1956) from Notre Dame University, his M.A. from the American University in Washington, D.C., and his Ph.D. in French history from the Florida State University in 2006.

Jack served as an officer in the U.S. Army, and then worked several years in Iran and Egypt before joining the Foreign Service. As a specialist in Middle Eastern and political-military affairs, his postings before retirement in 1991 included Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, the UAE, and Special Advisor to the Commander-in-Chief, U.S. Central Command in Tampa, Florida. At the time of his death, Jack was active in the Alliance Française de Tallahassee, the Spanish militia at Mission San Luis, the Massena Society, FSU's Institute on Napoleon and the French Revolution, the International Napoleonic Society, the Society for Military History, the Napoleonic Historical Society, and the Middle East Institute.

Jack is remembered by his family and friends for his keen intellect and his joie-de-vivre. His survivors include his wife Ruth Godfrey of Tallahassee; children Michael Sigler of Arlington, VA; Tom Sigler of Vienna, VA; Steve Sigler of Honolulu, HI; Terrie Williams of Tampa, FL; and Claire Sigler of Springfield, VA; brothers William Sigler of Richmond, VA and Robert Sigler of Omaha, NB; sister Mary Anne Sigler Brandenberg of Spirit Lake, IA; sister-in-law Eleanor Baumgarten of Tallahassee; and nine grandchildren: Casey, Allison, Marcus, Cynthia, Christopher, Ian, Bailey, Madison and Mark. Jack was predeceased by his son Christopher.

A funeral mass will be celebrated Friday, May 23, at 10:30 a.m. at Blessed Sacrament Church, 624 Miccosukee Road, Tallahassee, FL 32308, with a reception to follow. Future inurnment is planned in Washington, D.C. Contributions may be made to the Massena Society (2101 Great Oak Drive, Tallahassee, FL 32303) or the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy ( in lieu of flowers.

Published in Tallahassee Democrat on May 16, 2014
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