Benjamin Jackson, 88, of Weston, MA, died June 28. Born and raised in Jacksonville, FL, he graduated from Duke University and Duke Medical School. While at Duke he met and married his true love, Alda Jean Davis; they were married for 46 years,
Dr. Jackson served as a captain in the Army. An intense intellectual, he pursued research, concentrating in physiology and endocrinology, and published many peer-reviewed studies. He was a dedicated surgeon and served as chief of surgery at the Providence VA Medical Center for 18 years, until he retired in 1998. He was a professor emeritus of surgery at the Warren Alpert Medical School. He was a passionate professor and mentor to residents and medical students.
Dr. Jackson was a wine connoisseur, gourmet chef, lover of the opera and the ballet, and an avid traveler; destinations included Australia, New Zealand, Tasmania, Mauritius, and many locales in mainland Europe and Scandinavia. He also cruised to Antarctica, Alaska, and through the Northwest Passage. Most of all, he was a loving husband, father, and grandfather who had no greater pleasure than spending time with his loved ones. He is survived by four children and five grandchildren. Donations in his memory may be made to the American Heart Association.