Tuesday, September 16, 2003

R.O. Jackson, chemical engineer, ran local plant

By Rebecca Goodman
The Cincinnati Enquirer

DELHI TWP. - Reginald O. Jackson, retired manager of Monsanto's Port Plastics plant in Addyston, died Sept. 9 of complications of throat cancer at his home in Delhi Township.

Mr. Jackson, 81, was born in Nova Scotia, Canada, in 1921 and joined the U.S. Army in 1939 when he was 18.

He attended officer's training school and served more than two years as an intelligence officer with the Army Air Corps in the European Theater of World War II. He had attained the rank of captain by the time of his honorable discharge in 1946.

After the war, Mr. Jackson received a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from Cornell University in 1950.

He joined Monsanto as a production engineer and supervisor at the Springfield, Mass., plant soon after graduation.

The company named him operating superintendent there in 1953 and transferred him to St. Louis as manager of development for the plastics division in 1959.

Mr. Jackson became manager of the Port Plastics plant in 1968. Since his retirement in 1981 he spent his winters in Florida, where he enjoyed playing golf.

He was president and founder of the Ohio Chemical Council, chairman of the state legislative affairs committee of the Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce and trustee and treasurer of the Ohio Valley Improvement Association.

Mr. Jackson was also a member of the Cornell Society of Engineers and the Cincinnati Chemical Industry Council.

In addition to Muriel, his wife of 57 years, survivors include three sons, Richard Jackson of Sumter, S.C., Robert Jackson of Delhi Township and William Jackson of Cheviot; and three grandchildren.

Services have been held. Interment was at Spring Grove Cemetery.

Memorials: American Cancer Society, 11117 Kenwood Road, Cincinnati, OH 45242; or any charity.


E-mail rgoodman@enquirer.com

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