- BS Electrical Engineering 1958
A native of Laurium, Michigan, Jackson owned and operated NWR Electronics in Marquette, Michigan, from 1958 to 1980. The company served the utility and mining industries in the upper Midwest. In 1971, Jackson, a person of vision and resolve, founded a cable telecommunications operation, CableAmerica Corp. The firm grew rapidly and extensively based on Jackson's commitment to "customer service and technical proficiency." Headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona, CableAmerica developed cable telecommunications systems in thirteen states.
He was inducted into the Arizona Cable Telecommunications Pioneer Hall of Fame in 1998. He is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, as well as Tech's Electrical Engineering Academy and Engineering Roundtable. He received the University's Board of Control Silver Medal in 2000.
He and his wife Gloria have established an endowed scholarship for undergraduate students majoring in electrical engineering, with preference to graduates of Calumet High School, which provided Jackson, who remembers his roots, with a start in life that he continues to value. The Jacksons have also given $1.1 million to support an endowed professorship at Michigan Tech.
In 2006, Jackson was presented with the Distinguished Alumni Award, the Alumni Association's highest honor - for his professional achievements, for being a model of the entrepreneurial spirit, for being a champion of higher education - and for bringing distinction to Michigan Technological University.
Excerpted from the 2006 Alumni Reunion Awards Program
Updated February 2009