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Pioneering Alaska Doctor Marcell Jackson Dies
M. Marcell Jackson, one of Alaska's first female doctors, has died at age 84.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska- M. Marcell Jackson, one of Alaska's first female doctors, has died at age 84.
Jackson's medical career dated from territorial days. During early statehood, Jackson was one of a handful of women doctors practicing in the state.
Jackson died Dec. 8 in Anchorage. A local funeral home confirms the death.
Jackson was born in Lewistown, Mont., in 1929. At age two, she contracted polio and as a teenager she had her spine fused and used a back brace.
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 celebration of her life is scheduled for Jan. 19 in Anchorage.