In Memoriam: Fran Jackson


FranJacksonFran Jackson, long a welcoming face in the Center for African American Students, died Saturday, Aug. 29.

Services will take place Friday, Sept. 4 at First Baptist Church, 801 Fifth Ave. in Huntington. The visitation will be from 11 a.m. to noon, with funeral services to follow.

A two-time graduate of Marshall with a B.A. degree in business education and a M.S. in adult education, she came to the center shortly after graduation and remained on the job for 28 years. As one of the first staff members students met when they came to the center, she was an encouraging and compassionate presence for them. She was heavily involved in the numerous activities and programs of the Center for African American Students, including the welcoming activities for new and returning students, the annual Outstanding Black High School Students Weekend, the Diversity Breakfast, Soul Food Feast, Women of Color celebration, Donning of Kente graduation ceremony and numerous others. In addition, she served as the president of the Marshall Black Alumni Association, planning and coordinating activities held at Homecoming and throughout the year, and was active in the Marshall University Alumni Association.

She also taught UNI 100 classes and served as an adviser for two student groups, Marshall’s Theta Omega chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and the Black United Students social organization.