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With deep appreciation for a life well lived, we share that Barbara Brooks Jackson, 91, a native Washingtonian, passed away peacefully shortly before her 92nd birthday at her home in Rock Creek Park. Predeceased by her beloved sisters, Betty and Beverly, Barbara was the oldest of three daughters born to the late Thomas and Florence Young Brooks. She was a pioneering black female scientist who contributed to foundational work at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and at the National Institutes of Health. An independent spirit, she was an avid antique dealer, art collector and orchard aficionado. Barbara had friends and connections across the country and gave selflessly of her time and service to others.
She leaves her beloved cats, Tiger and Jetta. and is survived by her cousin, William Young (Tracy); sister-in-law, Alfredda Payne (Michael); god-daughter, Tracy Eichelberger; niece Kehembe, devoted friends who were pivotal in her care in her final days, Martha and Kent Shackelford, Elena King and Scott Thomas and a host of other friends.
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