COLUMBUS— Michael E. Jackson of Tipp City is among 10 remarkable older Ohioans who were honored for a lifetime of accomplishments with induction into the Ohio Senior Citizens Hall of Fame. He joins more than 450 individuals who have been inducted since 1977.
“Because aging is everybody’s business, the Ohio Senior Citizens Hall of Fame recognizes the many ways our elders continue to grow, thrive and contribute throughout their lives,” said Bonnie K. Burman, Sc.D., director of the department. “Mike Jackson and the other inductees understand that we should not be defined by our age, but inspired by it. They set a stellar example for other Ohioans to follow and are a precious resource for our state, nation and the world.”
This year’s honorees have elevated Ohio and their communities to the national and international stage, as well as created and fostered opportunities for their neighbors to live “Well Beyond 60.” The inductees were recognized by the Ohio Department of Aging, the Ohio Association of Area Agencies on Aging and members of the 131st Ohio General Assembly at a ceremony held Thursday, May 19, at the Ohio Statehouse.
Jackson is a retired Air Force Lt. Colonel who flew 210 combat missions over Southeast Asia, where he earned the Distinguished Flying Cross, Purple Heart and nine Air Medals.
In 1992, Jackson became the executive director of the National Aviation Hall of Fame in Dayton, where he now serves as Executive Director Emeritus. He is also an inductee into the Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame. He helped honor Vietnam veterans with national and local Operation Welcome Home celebrations.
He established the American Veterans Institute in 2004 to help veterans and their families access valuable but often overlooked benefits. Mike is author of “Naked in Da Nang”, and has co-authored several other books. He has appeared on several television documentaries about veteran’s issues, aviation history and military affairs.
Also to be inducted are: Al Abrams (posthumous) of Findlay; Sister Jerome Corcoran of Canfield; John Eicher of Oxford; Annie Glenn of Columbus; Yung-Chen Lu, Ph.D., of Columbus; Caroline N. Luhta of Concord Township; Sandra L. Ogle of Rockbridge; Gloria J. Renda of Steubenville; and E. J. Thomas of New Albany.
For more information about the inductees, visit www.aging.ohio.gov/news/halloffame.
The Ohio Senior Citizens Hall of Fame honors individuals age 60 and older who are native-born Ohioans or who have been Ohio residents for at least 10 years. Nominations are evaluated on the impact of current contributions or a continuation of work and accomplishments begun before age 60. This year’s nominees range in age from 64 to 100.