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Jackson’s Gift Endows Scholarship and Fulfills Philanthropic Goals

Russell Jackson ’69 says the most important development that came from his time at Lake Forest was meeting his wife Rosalind ’70. Both received undergraduate degrees in psychology and went on to earn PhDs. Both were first-generation college students who benefited from financial aid and thrived in their college environment. 

Last October, in honor of his 50th reunion, Russell and Rosalind made a $5,000 IRA charitable rollover gift to the College. The couple has also arranged for a six-figure bequest to create an endowed scholarship providing students of color, ideally first-generation, the opportunity to attend Lake Forest. “We want future students to have access to the same wonderful experiences that we were able to have,” they said 



“There is a certain amount of joy that comes from within and personal satisfaction when you can help somebody.”

“Lake Forest College exposed me to a much wider array of diversity and afforded me the opportunity to manifest leadership qualities that may otherwise have been latent or not exercised in prior academic settings, ” Russell said. “This kind of environment is a nurturing incubator for someone of color to have all the opportunities we had.” 

Rosalind is retired, and Russell continues to work as president and CEO of the data collection and research company he founded in 1984. This May the Jacksons celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary and count amount their many blessings their three daughters and eight grandchildren. 

“There is a certain amount of joy that comes from within and personal satisfaction when you can help somebody,” Rosalind says. The Jacksons serve as examples to their family and community of people who reach out to others to solve problems and to help.