Statement from longtime friend, Dr. Douglas Clark:
“I met Dr. Jackman in 1972, during our time at Indiana University. One of the first things he told me was, “South Bend is in the north. North Vernon is in the south and French Lick isn’t what you think it is.” From that moment, we became closest of friends and have remained so for the last 44 years.
Dr. Jackman attended high school a few years ahead of basketball legend, Larry Bird and claimed that he “taught Larry everything he knows about basketball.” He enjoyed a great laugh and there was never a time in his life that I saw him angry with anyone.
I remember him always taking time to be kind to people and enjoy his life with his loved ones. For example, he treated his staff like family and gave me my first job at a TSO in 1979. He made sure to send his sister Valentine’s Day cards. Dr. Jackman was in my wedding and I was in his. We have celebrated Easters together for the last 30 years.
He loved to travel. We have been on trips across the world together, starting with our eight-week pathology courses in London. Our last trip was grouper fishing in Venice, Florida and it was a blast. We were supposed to go to Saint Maarten together in May of this year. Unfortunately he was diagnosed with cancer a few weeks prior to our trip.
He has been a close friend and family member, and he was prepared to resume his life as normal, and will be deeply missed by us all.
Remember, life is fragile and precious. Rest in peace, my friend.”