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Morton Jackson; Radio-TV Host

Morton Barrows (Tony) Jackson, Los Angeles attorney and supporter of classical music groups who hosted radio and television commentary programs, has died. He was 70.

Jackson died Tuesday at his home in Pacific Palisades after a short illness.

From 1960 until 1978, Jackson conducted a weekly commentary program on radio station KMPC. He also hosted a weekly public affairs program on KTLA television from 1966 to 1968.

For the past quarter of a century, he had served as honorary attorney for the American Youth Symphony of Los Angeles, one of several classical music organizations he actively supported.

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Jackson was a founding board member of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and served as president from 1966 to 1968. Nationally, he also served as board member of the White Mountain Music Festival in New Hampshire and was executive secretary of a western regional support group for the Metropolitan Opera National Council.

Born in Devil’s Lake, N.D., Jackson was educated at Harvard University and USC School of Law. He was a much decorated U.S. Navy aviator during World War II.

After working in Bangkok and Richmond, Va., Jackson moved to Los Angeles in 1960 to practice law. He worked with various firms over the years, joining Baker & McKenzie in 1988.

Jackson is survived by his wife, Rosemarie Donner Jackson; two daughters, Lisa Jackson of New York City and Maggie McKay of Santa Cruz; a sister, and two grandchildren.

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The family has asked that any memorial contributions be made to the American Youth Symphony, 343 Church Lane, Los Angeles, Calif., 90049.


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