Bob Jackson Memorial Fund for Brain Cancer Research

Bob Jackson was a third generation Albuquerque native. He graduated from The New Mexico Military Institute, received his BBA in Management from UNM, and then served our country as a Naval Aviator during the Vietnam War. After his service he returned to Albuquerque to complete his MBA in Finance at the Anderson School of Management at UNM. He then began his 35+ year career in the financial services industry.

Bob’s life revolved around service to others. It’s what drove him in his career and in his countless hours of volunteer work throughout his adult life: Albuquerque Rotary Club and Charitable Foundation; Presbyterian Healthcare Foundation Board Member and Chair (2002-2003); Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta Launch Official (“Zebra”) and Chief Launch Official (2006, 2007); just to name a few. In 2011 the Albuquerque Rotary Charitable Foundation named their annual award given to an outstanding Navy or Marine ROTC cadet at UNM the “Lieutenant Robert C. Jackson III Retired Memorial Sword”. All of this was, in part, his heritage from his father and grandfathers who were businessmen and leaders in Albuquerque before him.

Sadly, his heritage also includes brain cancer. Bob’s father died at the age of 47 due to glioblastoma multiforme (GBM). Bob was diagnosed with GBM at the age of 65 and lived only 14 weeks beyond his diagnosis. He passed away on March 13, 2011.

The Bob Jackson Memorial Fund for Brain Cancer Research will support the UNM Comprehensive Cancer Center neuro oncology research and clinical care programs such as general expenses, including equipment, supplies, technical assistance and other expenses directly related to brain cancer research.