Jackson Davis


Granville, New York – Jackson Davis, 82, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2022, at Slate Valley Center.

Born on Sept. 20, 1939, in Albany, New York, he was the son of the late Dr. Harold Jackson and Mary Lissfelt Davis.

Jackson lived most of his life in Nassau, New York, and other parts of the Capital Region, but spent significant parts of his childhood in Montevideo, Uruguay, and Doylestown, Pennsylvania, where he graduated from Central Bucks High School in 1957.

Jackson first attended Swarthmore College and then earned a B.A. in science education in 1964 and a master of library science in 1970 from the State University of New York at Albany. After graduating, he worked as a bibliographer at the National Science Foundation Institute for Science Teachers and the SUNY Albany Atmospheric Sciences Research Center. Jackson went on to hold numerous administrative and research jobs over the years and concluded his professional career by working for the NYS Department of Motor Vehicles in Albany, from which he retired.

As a lifelong student of philosophy, history and culture, as well as a bibliophile, Jackson was passionate about the life of the mind and could often be found reading works on diverse topics in English and Spanish, indexing and cross-referencing research and constructing bibliographies.

He also loved music, particularly classic jazz.

Jackson was at the forefront of the emerging environmental movement in the early 1970s and remained an environmental advocate and activist throughout his life. He was most recently dedicated to pursuing bold new solutions to address global climate change.

He loved his children and grandchildren deeply and imagined a better world for them and for future generations, where all human beings would give our home – the Earth – the care, respect and love she is due.

In addition to his parents, Jackson was predeceased by his wife Patricia Ann (Lockwood) Melvin Davis and his sister-in-law Pamela Lockwood.

Those left to cherish his memory include his daughter Maryellen Davis Collett, his sons Andrew Jackson Davis and Thomas (Kristina) Waterbury Beal, his step-daughter Martha (JD) Brown, his granddaughters Maya and Maura Jane Collett (along with their father, Keith E. Collett II), his granddaughter Mikayla Sweet, his granddaughter Eva Beal, his sister Marianne Hegeman, his sister-in-law Elaine Melvin and his cousin Ed Crutchfield.

Burial and services will be private and at the convenience of the family. Please consider honoring Jackson’s memory by donating your time and/or money to urgent environmental causes in your local community.

Arrangements are in the care of M.B. Kilmer Funeral Home, 123 Main Street, Argyle, New York.