|Birth: ||Mar. 13, 1932|
|Death: ||Aug. 14, 2011|
From: John M. Taylor Funeral Home, Inc.
Mr. Francis Jackman
August 14, 2011
Francis P. (Frank) Jackman, 79, a newspaperman for more than 50 years, died August 14 following a fall at the Shock Trauma Center at the University of Maryland Medical Center.
He was born March 13, 1932, in Whitinsville, MA, the son of the late Michael J. and Diane (Lemoine) Jackman. Mr. Jackman attended St. John's High School, then located in Worcester, MA, graduating in 1949. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Notre Dame in 1953.
He began his newspaper career soon after graduation with the Telegram and Gazette in Worcester, MA. He served in the U.S. Army in Germany for two years during the Korean War emergency, receiving the Army of Occupation Medal for Germany, the Good Conduct Medal and the National Defense Service Medal. After his service in the Army, he took graduate courses at the University of Minnesota.
He joined United Press International's Boston bureau in 1958, and worked on several major news stories, including the sinking of the submarine USS Thresher off the coast of New Hampshire in 1962 and the $1 million Plymouth, MA mail truck robbery. In 1963, he joined UPI's Washington bureau. Among the events he helped to cover were the assassination of President John F. Kennedy and the subsequent Warren Commission investigation and the civil rights march of August 1963.
He left UPI in 1968 to join the Washington bureau of the New York Daily News, where he served as news editor, chief White House and Pentagon correspondent, and subsequently as bureau manager before his retirement in July 1994. At the Daily News, he covered all of the major political developments of the day, including the resignation of President Richard M. Nixon, the Iran-Contra Congressional hearings, and presidential nominating conventions. Mr. Jackman was the first to report when Nixon would resign in August 1974. He also was a member of the Gridiron Club of Washington, DC, one of the oldest and most prestigious journalistic organizations in the country.
After the Daily News, Mr. Jackman worked as copy editor at the Capital newspaper of Annapolis until 2010. He also volunteered at the U.S. Naval Academy Museum.
He is survived by his wife of 53 years, the former Jane M. Lawler, whom he married December 28, 1957; five children, Mary Jane Jackman Jamar of Washington, DC, Francis L. Jackman and wife Maureen of Kensington, MD, Catherine J. Hammaker and husband Michael of Bethesda, MD Ann F.J. Hynes and husband Richard of Cambridge, MD, and Michael M.L. Jackman and wife Patricia of Fort Worth, TX; two brothers, William E. Jackman of Reston, VA and Phillip J. Jackman of Baltimore; two sisters, Dianne Christine of Portland, OR and Laura Zibell of Linwood, MA; and 10 grandchildren, Caroline, Conor, Grace, Jacqueline Jane, Margaret, Liam, Michael, Joseph, Samuel and Wesley.
A viewing will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. on Friday, August 19 at the John M. Taylor Funeral Home, Inc., 147 Duke of Gloucester St., Annapolis. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 9 a.m. on Saturday, August 20 at St. Mary's Catholic Church on 109 Duke of Gloucester St., Annapolis. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the International Rescue Committee, the Charles Carroll House of Annapolis or the SPCA of Anne Arundel County.
Friday August 19
3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
John M. Taylor Funeral Home
147 Duke of Gloucester St.
Saturday August 20
St. Mary's Catholic Church
109 Duke of Gloucester St.
Saturday August 20
St. Mary's Cemetery
Saint Marys Cemetery
Anne Arundel County
Created by: Kurt Johnson
Record added: Aug 22, 2011
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