In Memoriam: Michael J. Jackson, PhD


FASEB mourns the passing of Michael J. Jackson, PhD, a former FASEB Executive Director. Jackson was appointed Executive Director in 1990 and served in the position until his retirement in 1999.

FASEB’s advocacy efforts underwent a steady expansion under Jackson’s guidance and organizational expertise. Most notably, FASEB reorganized its public affairs efforts and established the Office of Policy Analysis and Research, a new office with primary responsibility for developing recognition and effective representation for the consensus interests and concerns of laboratory investigators in the biomedical sciences.

His tenure also included many innovations for FASEB and member society staffs, including an improved compensation system, the design and installation of a new and improved campus telephone system, a simplified process for directory compilation from member societies’ membership databases, optical character recognition technology to process abstracts for scientific meetings, and implementation of a family care support service.

Jackson was born in Surrey, England. He received a BSc with first-class honors from the University of London and a PhD from the University of Sheffield. His research focused on gastrointestinal absorption and secretion of pharmaceutical agents. In the mid-1960s Jackson moved to the U.S., becoming Assistant Professor in physiology at the George Washington University. His research and work with university committees on education, research, radiation safety, human experimentation, animal care, and conflict of interest culminated in Jackson’s appointment as Dean of Research at the George Washington University Medical Center in 1989, prior to his appointment at FASEB.  

FASEB extends its deepest condolences to the Jackson family and remains forever grateful for Jackson’s service to the Federation and the scientific community.