Thomas W. Jackson may be well known as "Mr. Mason," but he has had a life ,or should it be "lives," outside of the Fraternity. Among other things, he is, or has been, an educator, scientist, youth leader, deputy sheriff, weight-lifting champion, humanitarian, and a big game hunter, to cite a few.
Bro. Jackson was born Sept. 14, 1934 in McKeesport. He earned his high school diploma from the Shippensburg school system, then earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Shippensburg University, Master of Science Degree in Zoology from Pennsylvania State University; and continued Doctoral degree work there.
He and Linda were married in June of 1965. Today, they reside in Audubon, PA, in commuting distance to the Masonic Temple in Philadelphia.
He began his vocational career in the public school system and from 1958 to 1961 chaired the Science Department. He then moved on to chair the Biology Department of Penn Hall Junior College until 1964 when he left the educational field to be Sales Manager for a construction company before becoming the R.W. Grand Secretary in 1979.
Bro. Jackson always has been a part of his community, starting with his Boy Scout activities. He is an Eagle Scout and holds the Scouters Key, served as a scout master for four troops, held numerous district positions, and received the Scouters Training Award. He was active for a number years in Community Chest drives and chaired the American Cancer Association campaign.
He is a Past President of the Shippensburg Jaycees and a Past State Director. He served on the Franklin County Correction Committee and helped to organize the 1-2-1 Association for Court Action and served on its advisory staff. He is a Deputy Sheriff for Franklin County and a Special Deputy Sheriff for Cumberland County. He has been a member of two fire companies and the Pennsylvania State Forest Fire Crew.
Bro. Jackson has achieved in his every endeavor and has been recognized and honored for his accomplishments in diverse fields from writing to weight-lifting, from science to service to mankind. Here is a listing of some of the special achievements and recognitions:
Received the Freedoms Foundation's Defender of Freedom Award.
Received the Chapel of the Four Chaplains Bronze Medallion for service to all people regardless of race or faith.
Listed in Outstanding Young Men of America.
Listed in Outstanding Educators of America.
Listed in Who's Who in American Education - Leaders in American Science, Community Leaders and Noteworthy American.
Included in the Dictionary of International Biography.
Listed in the National Register of Scientific and Technical Personnel.
Listed in Who's Who in Freemasonry.
Academic awards, including one P.P.G. scholarship, four National Science Foundation grants, and one Department of the Navy publication grant.
Articles published worldwide in educational, scientific, and Masonic journals and newspapers.
Named a Fellow of the American Biographic Institute.