Tree planted in honor of Jackson

A tree was planted June 1 in front of the Lake Michigan Center at the Annis Water Resources Institute in Muskegon., in honor of the late William G. Jackson. Jackson died in October at age 90; his ashes were part of the planting.

AWRI’s research vessel W.G. Jackson was launched in 1996 and serves researchers and educational groups from her berth at the Lake Michigan Center. Jackson, who had a passion for clean water and water research, provided the lead gift for the vessel and for the Lake Michigan Center.

“It is a privilege and an honor to have the tree, and Bill’s remains, here at Grand Valley’s Lake Michigan Center,” said Al Steinman, director of the Annis Water Resources Institute. “Dr. Jackson was a man of vision, integrity, intellect and humility. The institute will remain eternally grateful for Bill’s generosity and support.”

Jackson was the developer and former owner of Burdick & Jackson Laboratories, a high-purity solvent producer now run by Honeywell International Inc. He worked for the Upjohn Company before founding Burdick & Jackson.