In Memory

Van Jackman

(From Carol Jackman; Aug. 19, 2010)   Van passed away peacefully yesterday evening. He was his normal cheerful self almost to the end; always said thank you to us after everything that was done for him.
He had a quote from Robert Louis Stevenson taped to his computer for years that he said would make a good epitaph for himself. It fits him so well.
"That man is a success who has lived well, laughed often, and loved much: who has gained the respect of intelligent men and the love of children, who has filled his niche and accomplished his task; who leaves the world better than he found it; who never lacked appreciation of earth's beauty or failed to express it; who looked for the best in others and gave the best he had."
The concert Sept. 19th will be a perfect memorial to him. Other than that, we will just have a small family celebration of his life.


Obituary Notice

Kenneth "Van" Jackman MD, emeriti professor of pediatric orthopaedics University of Rochester, age 69, passed away peacefully at his home on Upper Saranac Lake surrounded by family on Wednesday, August 18, 2010 after a 6 month battle with ALS. He is survived by his loving family, wife Carol, of 46 years, son Stephen V. Jackman MD (Dana Schultz) of Pittsburgh, PA, daughter Lauriann J. Garland (Jim) of Seattle, WA, grandchildren Connor and Dylan Garland, and Reilly and Piper Jackman, sister Diana Raney of Pasadena, CA, brother-in-law Dirck Benson Jr. (Cary)  of Princeton, NJ, and golden retriever, Ceilidh. He received a BA at Pomona College in '63, his MD at U of R in '67, and served at the US Naval Hospital Guam, '69-'71. 

In Saranac Lake he was a member of SARANAK (Search and Rescue Assoc. of the Northern Adirondacks), AARA (Adirondack Amateur Radio Assoc.) and a naturalist volunteer at The Wild Center (Natural History Museum of the Adirondacks). A former eagle scout, he volunteered with the Otetiana Council, BSA. An avid piper, he had been a member of the Rochester Scottish Pipeband, Feadan Or and Ceilidh Connection. A bagpipe concert in celebration of his life will take place September 19 at 4 PM at Parkminster Presbyterian Church, 2710 Chili Ave. Rochester. 

Funeral arrangements are in care of the Fortune-Keough Funeral Home in Saranac Lake. Friends wishing to remember Dr. Kenneth V. Jackman may make memorial contributions to The Natural History Museum of the Adirondacks, High Peaks Hospice or the Piper's Gathering Scholarship Fund, in care of the funeral home. Family and friends are also invited to share their memories, photographs and sign the online guestbook at

 Fortune-Keough Funeral Home, Inc.
20 Church Street
Saranac Lake, New York 12983


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08/19/10 10:11 AM #1    

Frank Comstock

Whatever I can say will seem so inadequate.  Van was a friend in high school and a better friend when we re-connected for our 50 year reunion.   It was through Van that I was able to reconnect with all our classmates and get involved in the reunion, which turned out to be a major highlight of my life.  He was much loved,  highly respected and will be sorely missed.

Frank Comstock

08/19/10 04:35 PM #2    

John Hardy (1958)


       I am deeply distressed at Van’s untimely passing. The rampant accelerated progress of his ALS as a bazaar “addendum” to his mantle cell lymphoma was beyond what anyone would expect. Whether we knew him well or not, --- with his passing, we are all made less than we were.
       As kids in at CHS, Van and I shared the same ambitions for medicine and I personally find it distressing that I did not become re-acquainted with him until the last 6 months of his life. In the end, we shared not only our professions but an interest in the workings of the Universe and its origins. My last contact was only 6 weeks ago at which time I had sent him a course on Dark Energy and Dark Matter which he had only begun to review but only 1 month ago expressed his appreciation and looked forward to discussing the contents of the course. Van had sent me a CD brief review of Cosmology but we had no time to compare notes. 
        It feels so wrong, -- so unfair when friends reacquainted cannot involve themselves in thoughtful dialog because of unusual catastrophe. I am angry, but that is a selfish anger. I am, in fact, grateful that I was able to have a brief re-connect with him, especially since it is an absolute truth that none of us are too far behind his lead. We all know we live in a snapshot of time, yet we never seem to quite understand that things only seem to move inexorably from day to day. In fact, we live so rapidly relative to our world, and we are so fragile that appreciation of the miracle of our having been frequently escapes our awareness.  We are blessed to suffer from the delusion that we are somehow excluded, though we know we are not.
       I wish his wife, Carol and his family our condolences and God speed in the years to come.  Your husband and your children's father will be missed.
John S. Hardy, CHS class of 1958.

08/21/10 07:39 PM #3    

Ruthi Dail Dworak (1961)

As an underclassman, I remember Van's smile and kind words to us scranny kids.  A gentle-man

08/24/10 09:02 AM #4    

Joan Parks (Hearst )

Words are inadequate to express my sorrow to Van's family on his passing. We were blessed to hear him play his bagpipes at our class reunion just over a year ago...who would have guessed that this would be the last time most of us would see him. He was such a strong supporter of the reunion...Van's untimely passing makes us realize the importance of reunions, and reconnections with those we grew up with. My sincere condolences.

God bless.

Love, Joan

08/24/10 05:26 PM #5    

Carl Myers


Such a man will shurely be  missed by his friends, his classmates and the universe.  I am sure that his infectious smile, which I never forgot nor ever will forget, touched many and such smiles as his were a gift to multiply through others and to inhabit the earth.  hip hip.

Carl Myers

08/25/10 09:23 AM #6    

David Ronfeldt (Webb)

i too am saddened by this loss.  yet i remain heartened by the memory of a cheerful gregarious chat with him at the 50th reunion.   van was a very fine fellow indeed. 

08/25/10 05:45 PM #7    

Sylvia Sue Scott

I remember Van from our high school years as a tall, kind, quiet, sweet natured, young man that I shared quite a few classes with.  I did not know him well and yet I liked him and somehow trusted him. I did not see him again after 1959.  However I will always remember that he took the time to write to me when he learned that I was unable to attend the 50th class reunion due to a serious orthopedic problem.

The fact that he offered his compassion, his expertise and his network to me was both unexpected, appreciated  and I suspect typical of the man he had become from reading his profile and sensing his soul. I love the bagpipes, and nature.  I am happy to know that he found both a career  that suited him  well and a wife with whom he made a fine family.  I send my love to each of them and will listen on the winds for the concert in his honor.


Sue Scott

08/28/10 04:27 AM #8    

Rick Frampton (1961)

08/28/10  Dear Carol and Family, I have known Van since I was a very young pup, you could always count on van always being there to help you when needed and he never changed , he was always the same, One fantastic person, whom I will never forget,, it is because of Van , that I am soon to go for total knee replacement surgery, and Van was able to explain things to me that none of the other doctors ever would of been able too, Van with his comforting attitude , his special way of taking fear of the unknown away from some one, and Carl Myers, helping also, I am only held back now waiting for a prior surgery to heal..I know that you and the whole family know how blessed you all were to have him with you for all these years , and he will be missed but never forgotten by so many, many friends, all our love and best wishes, Rick Frampton and Family, CHS 1961.....

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