John Jackson, 76, partner in brokerage

February 07, 1996|By Fred Rasmussen | Fred Rasmussen,SUN STAFF

John Jay Jackson, a retired managing partner of a Baltimore brokerage firm, died Monday of cancer at his home in the Woodbrook section of Baltimore County. He was 76.

He retired in 1987 from Baker Watts & Co. -- Ferris, Baker Watts since 1988 -- where he began as a registered representative in 1945. In 1959, he was named a partner.

"When I came to the firm in 1960, John Jackson took me by the hand and showed me how to call on customers. He helped me every step of the way," said Julius Westheimer, a special managing director of Ferris, Baker Watts.

"He was a good friend and very helpful when I needed someone to lean on. He was well-liked, easy-going and popular and one of the firm's big producers," Mr. Westheimer said.

Born and raised in Roland Park, Mr. Jackson was a descendant of Civil War generals Stonewall Jackson of the Confederacy and John Jay Jackson of the Union's Militia of Virginia. Because of the latter's stand against Southern secession, President Abraham Lincoln appointed him to a judgeship in West Virginia.

Mr. Jackson was a 1938 graduate of the Gilman School and earned a bachelor's degree from Williams College in 1942.

After college, he enlisted in the Army Air Forces and flew 51 missions as a navigator with the 15th Air Force based in Italy during World War II. He was discharged in 1945 with the rank of captain.

He was a member of the Elkridge Club, the Maryland Club, the Merchants Club and the Bachelors Cotillon.

He also served on the boards of the Family and Children's Aid Society, the Maryland Chapter of the SPCA and Strayer Business College and was a conservator of the former Savings Bank of Baltimore.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. tomorrow in the chapel of the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, 5603 N. Charles St., where he was a communicant.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, the former Patricia Murnaghan; four daughters, Carol J. Winstead and Jay J. Clifford, both of Ruxton, Katherine Jackson-Thompson of Rockville and Patricia J. Gill of Princeton, N.J.; a brother, Carroll S. Jackson of Baltimore; six grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

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