Ronald F. Jackson
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Dr. Ronald F. Jackson, DVM, passed away Sunday, Jan. 17, 2010. He was born in London on Sept. 19, 1918, and came to this country at the age of 11. He graduated from Michigan State University and worked in Maryland before moving to St. Augustine with his wife, Alice, in 1943. He opened Jackson Veterinary Hospital, where he practiced until 1995.

Dr. Jackson was a distinguished veterinarian whose research led to the development of the first successful heartworm treatment for dogs. He served as president to the American Veterinary Medical Association and president of the Florida Veterinary Association and was a founder and officer of the American Heartworm Association. He served as mayor of St. Augustine and was a senior warden and vestry member of Trinity Episcopal Church.

Funeral services will be held 10 a.m. Friday at Trinity Episcopal Church, with the Rev. David Weidner officiating. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery. Visitation will be held 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Craig Funeral Home.

He is survived by his wife, Alice; daughters, Jan Ritch (John), Jennifer Jackson and Judy Romaine; granddaughters, Allison Bishop (Brooks), Lucy Cuda (Brian), Kathryn Reitmann and Samantha Smith; and four great-grandchildren. His son David preceded him in death.

Craig Funeral Home Crematory Memorial Park is assisting the family.




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Published in St. Augustine Record on Jan. 20, 2010.
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July 29, 2010
My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
mark crowl
February 18, 2010
Dear Mrs. Jackson, I am sorry to hear about Dr. Jackson's passing. He was truly an amazing man! I worked for him for about 12 years and he was not just a boss but was also a teacher, mentor and friend. The scariest thing he ever asked me to do was to care for his beloved roses while he was on vacation. Me not being very good with plants I prayed a lot and was ever so glad when he returned!

I know that there are not any words that can begin to ease your sadness but know that you and your family are in my prayers.

Susan Broward
Susan Broward
February 9, 2010
Ron Jackson was my first cousin, and although we did not grow up together in his native Great Britain, Ron was always something of a role model for his younger cousins. We did not actually meet until the 1970s, although my mother, Elsie Fisher, stayed with Ron's mother in the 1950s. I was saddened to hear of the death of my cousin, although he had a long and eventful life and had his share of family tragedy. I will always remember him as a man full of entrepreneurial enterprises and apparently boundless energy. I regret we lived too far apart for regular visits although we kept in touch by telephone.

My deepest sympathies are with the family. He will be missed.

John Fisher
John Fisher
January 26, 2010
Dr. Jackson was always 'there' for our family and our pets--he had time for Sally, Buddy and Louie, and all the others we had during our childhoods. What a marvel it was when he was able to save two of our dogs with his new heart-worm cure! We had many more years to love and spoil them thanks to Dr. Jackson. My Mom and I loved to see your rose garden at the clinic and many were the days we made special trips to see what was in bloom. You will be truly missed. My prayers and thoughts to you Jennifer, and your family. Cynthia (Cindy) Barrancotto
Cynthia Barrancotto
January 24, 2010
Judy,
Mom told me about the passing of your Dad and I wanted to let you know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. He was wonderful with our Angie for 15 years and his legacy will carry on for his heartworm work for all animals.
Most Sincerely,
Suzan Persons VandeVelde
Suzan Persons VandeVelde
January 23, 2010
Dr. Jackson was an amazing man! He hired me as a technician right out of high school in 1978 and it was at that time I had the incredible opportunity to witness and be a part of a surgical procedure Dr. Jackson pioneered for the removal of adult heartworms as part of the treatment for heartworm disease/caval syndrome. Because of his
relationship with the author, James Herriot, I have Mr. Herriot's autograph in one of my favorite books, "All Creatures Great and Small". He wrote a letter for me which allowed me entrance into a Registered Veterinary Technician Program and later a similar letter he and Dr. Seymour wrote helped me acquire a position which I held for 16 years at the University of California Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine. He made such a positive impact in my life and through him I continued to recognize the importance of continuing education and research so that at the age of 49 I just graduated from veterinary school and am in the process of completing a rotating internship. Thank you Dr. Jackson for all that you did for me, the veterinary community and others. I pray for all his family and friends who are experiencing the loss of this great man. With deepest and heart felt sympathy,
Linda Pacetti
January 23, 2010
dear Jennifer,
I learned late of your father's death. Please accept my deepest condolances.
God bless his soul.
Dr. Semih Ulben , Susan Jozwiak
semih ulben
January 22, 2010
My thoughts and prayers are with the family. Dr. Jackson was a beloved vet to my pets in my childhood, the best boss ever when I worked for him, and a dear friend. How privleged I am to have known him.
Jan Ford Cheney
January 21, 2010
I had the privilege of working with Dr. Jackson prior to attending veterinary school, and he served as a mentor for much of my subsequent work in heartworm disease. He had quite an impact on my life, for he was instrumental in my being admitted to Auburn's veterinary school, introduced me to heartworm disease, which became a life-long passion, and helped me obtain my initial faculty position here at U.F. Dr. Jackson was a remarkable man whom I will miss very much.
Charles Courtney
January 21, 2010
I had the privilege of working with Dr. Jackson prior to attending veterinary school, and he served as a mentor for much of my subsequent work in heartworm disease. He had quite an impact on my life, for he was instrumental in my being admitted to Auburn's veterinary school, introduced me to heartworm disease, which became a life-long passion, and helped me obtain my initial faculty position here at U.F. Dr. Jackson was a remarkable man whom I will miss very much.
Charles Courtney
January 21, 2010
My deepest sympathy to the Jackson family on the loss of their patriarch. Dr. Jackson was an inspiration to me as a person, upholding the highest ethical and scientific standards at work while being a truly compassionate person. An accolade missed in his obituary is that he was a leader in establishing marine mammal care and identifying erysipelas in dolphins as the veterinarian for Marineland during it's infancy.
Dr. "J", I will miss you.
Constanze Goricki
January 20, 2010
we moved here in 1973 and Dr. Jackson was our family vet. He was always so caring and treated our pets like people... God Bless you and thoughts and prayers with his family
Connie Giannotta - Mulligan
January 20, 2010
Dr. Jackson was one of the most kindest,fairest and honest persons I have ever had the pleasure working for.I have so many fond memories.
God bless,
Marguerite Grawet Whitcomb
Marguerite Whitcomb
January 20, 2010
My Deepest Sympathy is extended to the Family of Dr. Ronald Jackson. What a true honor it was to have known him from the early 1960's and have him doctor our many German Shepards,as children growing up in Cresent Beach. In recent years now living in North Carolina, I still return to Saint Augustine to have Dr. Seymour tend to my pets for their anuall shots, exams and needs. May Dr. Jacksons roses continue to thrive , be tended to and bloom. Rest Well In God's Arms. Thank You For All Your Many Years Of Practice , and The Love Of Animals You Had.
John Tart
January 20, 2010
What a tremendous loss to our City of St. Augustine, and our entire St. Johns County. Our deepest sympathies to his wife, Alice; his family and all of his many, many friends as well as his constituents and customers of his veterinary practice that extended all over our world.
former St. Johns County Commissioner Jim Bryant and Frances (Erwin) Neeland
January 20, 2010
I knew this wonderful man as my "Uncle Ronnie". He was actually my Mom's Uncle. One of my earliest memories was when he brought the entire family up to Baltimore for Christmas one year in the late sixties. He loved his family dearly and instilled a love of animals in so many, including my mother and myself. My Mom so wishes that she could attend the services but unfortunately she is bedridden due to a stroke. My Aunt Vickie Murphy and I will be attending. (My sister Leigh Lynde wishes that she could be there but work obligations make it impossible for her to attend.} I am struck by the humility of this wonderful man. Though I knew he had done veterinary work on the heartworm medication, I had no idea of all of the other wonderful honors that he had bestowed upon him in years past. My Grandmother described him as a "handsome devil" with this wonderful British accent when he and her sister wed. My Mother shared with me that she was a flower girl in Uncle Ronnie and Aunt Alice's wedding when she was three years old. I am going through some pictures today to try to bring with me tomorrow. I look forward to seeing cousins whom I have not seen in many years. I am so sorry for your loss. He was a spectacular man and I feel so grateful and blessed to have been a part of his beautiful family.

Jennifer Amos Jacuzzi
Little Rock, Arkansas
(daughter of Sandra Callender, formerly Sandra Jeanne Connelly)
Jennifer Jacuzzi
January 20, 2010
Dear Mrs. Jackson, Jennifer, Jan & Judy: So sorry to read of Dr. Jackson's death. He was so special to so many of us and our animals through the years. He saved our dog, Jeremy, from heartworms. Such a dear and smart man. Peace be with you. Sincerely,
Susan Longo Cowperthwaite
January 20, 2010
Doc we will miss you my old friend. God speed. Mike, Patti, Mikee, and Woody :-). What a great man and a great friend.
Mike & Patti Stover
January 20, 2010
Judy and Her Father New Years Eve 2008
I first met Dr. Jackson during my visits with Judy when we were at GA Southern together. I remember thinking what a nice man he was and how lucky Judy was to have him as a father. Then, I was fortunate enough to visit and meet with Dr. Jackson again last year. I spent more time with him and got to know him better. He was a brilliant man and a very good man. Even though he was not feeling his best the first night I was there (New Years Eve), he went out to eat with us. He wanted to be "neighborly" for my first visit there since the 70s. I left St. Augustine realizing that I had never really gotten to know him in my younger days. I had learned how truly remarkable he was.
I admire all his research he did with his own time and money. Dr. Jackson is truly an inspiration to us all. He loved his family dearly, and he will be missed greatly! My thoughts are with his family and friends at this time.
With deepest sympathy,
Charley Ann Stewart-Charlton
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