Roderick "Ricky" JACOBS(1934 - 2018)

JACOBS, Roderick "Ricky" Roderick (Ricky) Jacobs died at home in Decatur, Georgia, June 22, 2018. He had lived with cancer for some years. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Suzanne Jacobs, childrenLaura (Steve), Eric (Jean), and Charmayand grandchildrenLynn, Ethan, and Malamaand also extended family in England and Atlanta. He was a family man, a professional linguist, a teacher, a writer, a mentor, and a humanitarian. Born in London in 1934, he grew up on England's south coast, graduated from Kings College London University, and taught children and teenagers in England and Canada before immigrating to the U.S. There he continued teaching, earned degrees from Harvard and the University of California, San Diego, and brought up his children to enjoy the world as much as he did. Influenced by linguist Noam Chomsky, he co-authored a major text used world-wide, then went on to study American Indian languages in California, and finally to study South Pacific and Asian languages while teaching at the University of Hawai'i. In his last 17 years, living in Decatur, he served the refugee community and helped to found the Global Village Project. Many of the young women he taught and mentored there, like his own children, remember fondly his wry comments and funny stories. A memorial service will be held on Saturday July 7th at 2 PM at the Atlanta Friends Meeting in Decatur. Memorial donations may be made to Global Village Project school or Decatur Presbyterian Church, which provides a home for the school.

Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on July 3, 2018