Marianna Jackson '50
The Honorary Alumnus status carries with it a very distinct honor. This category recognizes individuals who are not Eureka College Alumni, but who have demonstrated an unusual commitment and loyalty to the institution and have provided great efforts in the advancement of Eureka College, its students and its mission.
This year’s recipient is Marianna Jackson, a very special member of the Eureka College Community.
Eureka College has been blessed to have families that for generations have made a difference to the College. The Jackson family is one of these iconic Eureka families. Marianna's grandfather, William, was a member of the class of 1889. Dr. Jackson returned to the College in 1901 to teach chemistry and stayed on the faculty until 1937. In 1959 the Jackson lecture series was endowed, and since then a significant scientific academic presentation has been made annually in his name.
Marianna's father, Richard, was a graduate of the class of 1922. Richard served as a member of the Board of Trustees of the College for 13 years. He was a generous contributor to the school of his time, talent and treasure.
Marianna has followed in her father’s footsteps as a Trustee of the College and has been on the Board for the last 10 years. She graduated from the University of Illinois with degrees in microbiology and chemistry. She worked until her retirement from Abbott Laboratories in the field of microbiology with an emphasis in pharmaceutical drug discoveries. Marianna
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attends numerous Eureka College events including the Jackson Lecture Series and numerous theater productions and is an active member of the Ronald Reagan Society of Eureka College. Her financial commitment of support to the College has been exceedingly generous. At present Marianna is one of the top 10 living donors to the College.
Few people have shown a greater love and loyalty to Eureka College than Marianna Jackson. She has carried the legacy of her family at this College forward and has added luster to the reputation of the Jackson family at Eureka. Like her father, she has given time, talent and treasure to Eureka College. She is worthy of selection as an honorary alum.