Jackson 90th Marked
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BY HEIDI PRESS
Local News Editor
A lifetime of devotion to proj-
ects aiding the less fortunate and
to causes benefiting the Jewish
community will be recognized
next week as Pauline Jackson
celebrates her 90th birthday.
A native of Arkansas, Mrs.
Jackson came to St. Louis as a
teenager. She was graduated
from Washington University in
), St. Louis in 1917, and was elected
to Phi Beta Kappa honorary. She
worked for Wagner Electric Co.
for many years and later moved
to California, where she was a so-
cial worker in a neighborhood
center acrd girl's home.
While in California, she kept
up her correspondence with
Harry L. Jackson, a St. Louis
friend. At his urging, she came
back east. They met in Niagara
Falls, and were married the same
Married life began in her hus-
band's hometown of Worchester,
Mass., where Mrs. Jackson
served as a social worker for that
city's Jewish Family Service. It
was there that their first child,
Marjorie (Detroit Free Press
writer Marj Jackson Levin), was
When her husband was offered
a job in Detroit the family came
to Michigan. Two more children,
Alan and Ruth were born and the
family settled in Huntington
Woods. Son Alan died in 1982.
Mr. Jackson died in 1983. Mrs.
Jackson has seven
Upon her arrival in Detroit,
Mrs. Jackson began a lifetime of
service to Jewish organizations,
and was instrumental in found-
ing community projects that con-
tinue to this day.
Among those projects was the
annual Book Fair at the Jewish
Center, of which she was the first
chairman. Since her first affilia-
tion with the annual event, she
has never let her interest wane.
"She is a consistent force and
inspiration for Book Fair," said
Adele Silver, Center cultural arts
director who oversees the yearly
activity. "She has continued her
interest in it and in her gentle,
quiet manner she still contrib-
utes to the event which she was
instrumental in beginning."
Irwin Shaw, executive vice
president emeritus of the Center,
who joined the Jacksons when
they were affiliated with the
Fresh Air society, echoed Mrs.
"There's no doubt that the
quality of Book Fair is set by
standards she set right from the
After having served two years
as Book Fair chairman, Mrs.
Jackson lent her talents to other
projects. She was a director and
vice president of the Jewish Cne-
ter, president of the Metro De-
troit Chapter of Hadassah and
first chairman of the Greater De-
troit Section, National Council of
Jewish Women's Operation
Friendship, a social club for dis-
charged psychiatric patients.
Mrs. Jackson held the first
chairmanship of the Jewish Wel-
fare Federation Women's Di-
April 28, 7:30 p.m.
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vision, was on its organizing
committee and was its first pro-
fessional director, serving for five
years. Upon her retirement she
became a director and a member
of the advisory committee.
With her late husband, she be-
longed to Temple Beth El, but
joined a group that split off to
form Temple Israel.
Additionally she is a life
member of Hadassah and a
member of NCJW, Brandeis Uni-
versity National Women's Com-
mittee, Sinai Hospital Guild and
Temple Israel Sisterhood.
Freddie Shiffman, who was her
co-chairman in the Operation
Friendship project, said Mrs.
Jackson didn't seek the spotlight
in her endeavors. "She didn't look
for glory," Mrs. Shiffman said.
"She worked to bring out the best
in 'everybody. When you called
her she was always willing to
give advice and help out."
Shaw added, "She's a profes-
sional's professional and a volun-
In 1970, her efforts on behalf of
the unfortunate were lauded by
the National Association of So-
cial Workers who gave her its
Award of Merit. On May 15, the
Jewish Welfare Federation
Women's Division will pay trib-
ute to Mrs. Jackson at its 40th
Family friend Ruth Redstone is
collecting letters from persons
she worked with for a booklet to
be given to Mrs. Jackson next
month at a family birthday cele-
bration. She talked about how
much the people she worked with
meant to her. "She always re-
members birthdays and wedding
anniversaries of people she
worked with," Mr. Redstone said.
Many of the letters received so
far, from people who today hold
or have held high office in the
community, called her "mentor."
For all those people who will
pay tribute to Pauline Jackson
next week, she has already re-
paid them in full. "I don't think
the woman has an enemy in the
world," Mrs. Redstone said. "She
has a way of making every person
feel that their efforts are worth7
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