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TCL > January 2011 Issue > In Memoriam

January 2011       Vol. 40, No. 1       Page  113
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In Memoriam

Jayson J. Arosteguy
d. February 15, 2010

Gordon Cooper
July 7, 1925–November 26, 2010

Frank E. Evans
d. June 8, 2010

Barry E. Glasgow
d. July 1, 2010

Ann Holewinski
d. April 30, 2010

Richard C. Jennings
d. February 15, 2010

Thomas S. Kelly
d. February 19, 2010

Joseph Orell
d. June 7, 2010

Courtland H. Peterson
d. November 1, 2010

James D. Voorhees
November 14, 1917–December 4, 2010

Max C. Wilson
d. April 22, 2010


Michael H. Jackson

Michael Hodges Jackson, longtime Denver Public Schools lawyer and retired Air Force Colonel, died on September 7, 2010. Mike was born in Denver in 1935; his father operated one of Denver’s great institutions, Jackson Drug Store, located on the corner of Downing and Alameda, where Mike worked as a soda jerk during his high school and college years. He graduated from Denver’s South High School, received his bachelor’s degree at Duke University, and earned his law degree from the University of Denver College of Law in 1960.

Mike began his legal career as a JAG officer in the Air Force, after which he joined the Denver law firm of Henry, Cockrel, Quinn and Creighton. He was a founding partner of Semple & Jackson, P.C. in 1982, and became one of the nation’s experts in school law, serving as chair of the Colorado Council of School Attorneys. He served as General Counsel for the Denver Public Schools for more than twenty-five years. During that time, he guided the school district through court-ordered desegregation and succeeded in leading the district to unitary status, which was approved by the federal court in 1995. A committed golfer and lifelong supporter and season ticket holder of the Denver Broncos, Mike was inducted into the Denver Public Schools Athletic Hall of Fame.

He is survived by his wife of fifty-three years, Sidney Heizer Jackson; his sister, Patricia Custer; daughters Robin Sackman and her husband David and Carey Mills and her husband Bill; son Michael H. Jackson, Jr. and his wife Christine; and five incredible grandchildren. Mike was buried with full military honors at Fort Logan National Cemetery. Donations may be sent to the Denver Dumb Friends League, 2080 S. Quebec St., Denver, CO 80231.

—Submitted by Martin Semple

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