|Louise Anne Jackson, OBE, JP
Louise Jackson was a Bermudan educator and politician.
Louise Anne Carpenter was born on 22 November 1930 and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She arrived in Bermuda in the 1950s to teach at The Berkeley Institute in Pembroke, having put aside aspirations of being a professional dancer at the insistence of her father.
She was a teacher for the majority of her adult life. Mrs. Jackson has helped in the development of children on the island for many years. She founded the Jackson School of Performing Arts in 1953 and was its director until 1999.
Mrs. Jackson was also the Founder of the National Dance Theater of Bermuda, Board Member of the Bank of Bermuda, Trustee of the Bermuda High School, Programme Committee of the Bermuda Festival and Chairman of the National Gallery. She has chaired government boards including the Broadcast Commission and the Bermuda Library and served on the Telecommunications Commission. Mrs. Jackson later served as Spokesperson for Seniors and Social Services.
Mrs Jackson spent most of her life as a teacher before entering the world of politics, serving as a Member of Parliament for Pembroke South West for the United Bermuda Party (UBP), and later the One Bermuda Alliance (OBA). She was elected to the House of Assembly under the banner of the United Bermuda Party in 2003 and handily beat off challenger, LaVerne Furbert in the 2007 election. She formally stepped down as an MP in December 2012.
Honours and awards
On 1 January 2014, Mrs Jackson was awarded the Order of the British Empire (OBE) by the Queen in the New Year Honours for her years of public service and work for the Island’s seniors.
Mrs. Jackson was the mother of two daughters - Susan and Deborah - with husband the late Hon. Albert Jackson, CBE, JP, the former President of the Senate. Her daughter, Susan Jackson, followed her into politics as a Member of Parliament at the 2012 election.
Louise Jackson died on 2 January 2014. She was 83 years old. Ms Jackson suffered a head injury on Boxing Day and passed away in hospital late on 2 January 2014 surrounded by her family.
Her funeral took place at the Cathedral of the Most Holy Trinity in Hamilton on Saturday, 11 January 2014.