Pioneering Alaska Doctor Marcell Jackson Dies

M. Marcell Jackson, one of Alaska’s first female doctors, has died at age 84.

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Jackson’s medical career dated from territorial days. During early statehood, Jackson was one of a handful of women doctors practicing in the state.

She died on Dec. 8 in Anchorage.

Jackson was born in Lewistown, Mont., in 1929. She earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from Montana State University, moving to Alaska in 1951. She became a lab technician for Anchorage doctors, one of whom urged her to pursue a medical degree.

A service is scheduled for Jan. 19 in Anchorage.