Albert M. Jackson

Engineer and Baltimore County antiques dealer

May 27, 2010|By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun

Albert M. Jackson, a retired chemical engineer and a longtime Baltimore County antiques dealer, died Tuesday of cancer and liver failure at Stella Maris Hospice in Timonium. He was 86.

Mr. Jackson, the son of a police officer and a homemaker, was born and raised in Chattanooga, Tenn. He attended the Georgia Institute of Technology and the Johns Hopkins University, where he studied engineering.

He served in the Army during World War II and participated in the occupation of Japan before being discharged with the rank of staff sergeant in 1946.

Mr. Jackson worked for Aircraft Armaments Inc., Bendix Corp. and the old Glenn L. Martin Co. in Middle River, before joining Edgewood Arsenal in 1968 as a chemical engineer. He retired in 1988.

For more than 30 years, Mr. Jackson and his wife, the former Marguerite Kloetzli, owned Copper Kettle Antiques and operated it from their home in Jacksonville, Baltimore County. She died last year.

The couple specialized in early American furniture and oddities such as the carousel that had been constructed by the Washington & Old Dominion Railroad for an amusement park it owned and operated in Great Falls Park, Va.

"He purchased the old carousel and sold the horses one by one," said a daughter, Julia J. Anthony of Ellicott City. "He had many unique things like that, including a large Regina music box and a Wooton desk."

An accomplished woodworker, Mr. Jackson won awards for years at the Maryland State Fair for his carvings.

For the past five years, Mr. Jackson lived at the Mercy Ridge retirement community, where he co-managed the wood shop and made repairs and refinished furniture for residents.

Mr. Jackson was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Sweet Air for many years.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. today in the chapel at Stella Maris, 2300 Dulaney Valley Road.

Also surviving are a son, Michael A. Jackson of Baltimore; two other daughters, Annette Morrison of Ellicott City and Joyce Whalen of Shrewsbury, Pa.; 10 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

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