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Re: [CA] jacksons LA
In Response To: Re: [CA] jacksons LA ()

Dear Pat,

I somehow did not get the message earlier. I am sorry. This is what I know about George Frasier Jackson, from the obituary that Dot sent me. He was born in 1910 in Little Rock, Missouri. He died in Los Angeles in 1978. His mother's name was Gertrude. His father's name was George. He had a brother who survived him named Sylvester. His sons were George, Jr. and McDonald and his grandchildren were Robyn, George III and Yvette Jackson. He was a Mason and a Phi Beta Sigma.

He got a bachelor of arts degree in 1933 from Philander Smith college and a medical degree from Meharry Medical College in Nashville. He interned at Kate Bittings, Reynolds Memorial Hospital, Winston-Salem N.C. and practiced med from 1940-1942 in Little Rock. During WWII, he served as a captain in the Tenth Cavalry, Medical Corps, Second Division. The Tenth stayed stateside during the war, but he was cited for the draamatic evacuation of 100 Marines trapped in a fire in El Cajon Valley--I don't know more about that and would love to know more!--and was awarded by the U.S. Navy for that action.

After the war, he practiced in Detroit, Michigan before moving his family to LA in 1948, where he did post graduate work at UCLA, White Memorial Medical Center and USC. He played a role in the organization and acquisition of the University Hospital in the Exposition Park area. he was active in many medical circles, including the Charles Drew Medical Center, the American Academy of General practice, the AMA and the California Medical association. His wife was named Anna.

He was the prime mover in the founding of West Adams Hospital in LA, which opened in 1971. He viewed it as a black owned hospital in the center of a black neighborhood--and started it after a fire where several people died because the nearest hospitals were downtown or on the Westside of LA. He and the other doctors set it up with a state of the art cardiac and maternity centers, but could not get other doctors to bring their clients there. It became a trauma center, which meant it had to survive on Medicare, which meant it could not survive. It went into Chapter 10 bankruptcy in 1978, shortly before he died. The building is now Metropolitan hospital.

I hope that helps. And keep me posted if you learn more.


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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