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.

Published in St. Augustine Record on Jan. 20, 2010