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In Memoriam: Gwen T. Jackson, A Life of Service


The Housing Authority of the City of Milwaukee honors revered community leader, Gwen T. Jackson, who passed away Sunday, March 24 at the age of 90.

An incredibly keen and effective leader, Ms. Jackson was well known for her tireless commitment to serving others in Milwaukee and beyond. Ms. Jackson was also influential in helping to shape public policy, practice, and resources.

In addition to working as a human resources executive at Brill’s Colony Men’s Clothing Store, Ms. Jackson spent much of her adult life volunteering in numerous capacities. She was involved with the American Red Cross leadership at the chapter, regional, and national level. Her service with the American Red Cross in Southeastern Wisconsin spanned over 60 years.

Ms. Jackson also spent decades volunteering for the Milwaukee County Department on Aging, United Way of Greater Milwaukee and Waukesha County, Milwaukee Urban League, YWCA, and other community organizations.

A dedicated and inspiring advocate on children’s issues, Ms. Jackson was honored by Milwaukee Public Schools with the renaming of 21st Street School to Gwen T. Jackson School, which serves children in three-year-old Head Start through 5th grade.

Ms. Jackson’s generous spirit will live on in the countless lives she positively impacted and for generations of volunteers to come.

“I have had a very fulfilling life and I believe it is expected of me to give back to my community,” said Ms. Jackson. “It is so much fun and I grow every day from volunteering.”

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To read more about Gwen Jackson, click here.

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