Robert Steve Jackson, 60, died February 23, 2013, in Corpus Christi, Texas, from surgery-related complications.
Born May 11, 1952, in Sandusky, Robb attended public schools in Erie County. He received three degrees from Bowling Green State University: a B.A. in Philosophy in 1974; an M. F. A. in Creative Writing in 1976; and a Ph.D. in English in 1986. From 1983-88, he served as assistant director of Bowling Green’s writing center. That year, Robb moved from Ohio to join the faculty of Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, where he remained for the rest of his life. In 2010, the Texas A&M University System named him a Regents Professor.
Teacher, scholar, and university citizen at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, Jackson enriched the lives of countless students, colleagues, and area residents through his extraordinary teaching, wisdom, public service, and faith. He played a leading role in the creation of the institution’s University Core Curriculum Program, the first-year writing program, the English M. A., and the creative writing minor. Robb wrote or co-wrote four books of poetry about exploration, the natural environs where he lived and visited, and human transitions and relationships. As an avid naturalist, he loved his adopted hurricane coast as well as his native Ohio, which always remained a part of his life.
Survivors include his wife, Vanessa Furse Jackson; children, Leah, Ben (Tara), Josh (Nicholette) and Luke; his siblings, Roland and Julie Jackson; and one grandson Elliot.
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