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May 5, 2014

Former CSC students dean Harry Jackson passes away

Harry Jackson, former dean of students at Connors State College, died Sunday, a media release states.  

Jackson is the father of the school’s director of campus life, Mike Jackson.

In the fall of 1949, Harry Jackson enrolled at Connors State College, where he later met his wife, Colleen. He was a starter on the football team and played for the Cowboy basketball team. After graduating from Connors, Jackson played football at Central State and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in education and a minor in English.

Jackson coached football and basketball from 1953 to 1956 at Ringling High School before moving to Checotah High School to coach football, basketball and baseball. He led the Wildcats to an undefeated football season in 1957.

He returned to Connors State in 1959 to coach football and baseball until 1965. He led the baseball team to its first national tournament in 1963.

He was appointed dean of students at Connors in 1968, holding the position until 1978. He also served as athletic director during that time. In 1978, he was appointed academic dean, serving until he retired in 1988.

Jackson was instrumental in helping establish classes in Muskogee, while serving with three different CSC presidents, beginning with Jacob Johnson in 1959.

He has been involved in many civic activities in Warner and the Muskogee area, including the first president of the Warner Quarterback Club. Jackson served twice as president of the Warner Chamber of Commerce and three times as president of the Connors Alumni Association.

Funeral services are pending.

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