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Pioneering Alaska doctor M. Marcell Jackson passes away at 84

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Friends and colleagues will gather January 19th in Anchorage to celebrate the life of family practioner Dr. M. Marcell Jackson, who passed away at the age of 84 on December 8th.

Despite contracting polio at the age of 2 (around the time her mother died) and having her spine fused when a teen, necessitating the use of a back brace, M. Marcell Jackson went on to become one of the first women doctors in Alaska, and delivered more than 1,000 babies, including one while she was in labor, herself.

Born in Lewiston, MT in 1929, Jackson overcame tremendous odds, Jackson earned her Bachelors in biology at Montana State University before moving to Anchorage, Alaska in 1951, where she became a lab technician. She later graduated with honors from George Washington University in Washington DC, before returning to Alaska, where she completed her residency at local hospital.

In addition to making housecalls. Dr. Jackson was also one of the first doctors in the state to accept medicare.

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