Ambrose C. Jackson Jr.

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JACKSON AMBROSE CYPRIAN JACKSON, PhD Ambrose Cyprian Jackson, Jr., PhD, passed away peacefully on November 14, 2009 at the Rosary Hill Home in Hawthorne, NY. The son of Ambrose Cyprian Jackson, Sr. and Helen Brown Jackson, he began the adventure which was his life on June 26, 1940 in Washington, DC, where he lived until he was 22 years old. Throughout his life, Ambrose had a passion for both music and education. He received two Master''s degrees, and a PhD, and became an accomplished musician. His talents scaled from arranging, composing, and also being a renowned trumpeter. Ambrose found his niche as a music teacher for the Ellenville Central School District, where he taught for over 10 years. Before settling in Ellenville, where he spent the last 20 plus years of his life''s journey, he lived in Paris, France for 11 years, West Africa for a year, New York City for 10 years and Fort Lee, NY for four years. Ambrose spent three years in the United States Army from 1962-1965, where he shared his musical stylings at the White House for Presidents Kennedy and Johnson with the United State Army Band and the Herald Trumpets. Dr. Jackson found true joy in mastering the art of wine making and the solitude of fishing. He was a communicant and choir director at St. Mary''s and St. Andrew''s Roman Catholic Church, Ellenville. Ambrose is survived by his cousins, Lynne, Cathy, Mark and Bobby Elliott, all of Silver Spring, MD. He was predeceased by his sister, Carolyn Jackson in 1973. Ambrose touched many lives through his travels and teaching. He will be deeply missed by all who knew him. A chapel service will be held on Monday, November 23, 2009 at 11 a.m. at the Mt. Olivet Chapel in Washington, DC, followed by interment in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, with full military honors. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Rosary Hill Home, 600 Linda Avenue, Hawthorne, NY 10532 or the Dr. Ambrose Jackson Memorial Scholarship, Ellenville Central School, c/o Mr. Dion Placencia, 28 Maple Avenue, Ellenville, NY 12429. Arrangements by LOUCKS FUNERAL HOME, 845-647-434.

Published in The Washington Post on Nov. 19, 2009