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Doug Neckers and the Robert H. Jackson Center

Doug Neckers was born and went to high school in Clymer, NY in western New York state (Chautauqua County). Chautauqua is the home of the Chautauqua Institution (ciweb.org) and, more recently, the Robert H. Jackson Center in Jamestown (www.roberthjackson.org).

 

Doug Neckers' grandfather, Albert Neckers, Jr., was an early president of the Clymer State Bank (www.city-data.com/city/Clymer-New-York.html). When a major issue of the day, a default on a $1600 loan for a farmer to purchase land property, took place and a residen of the community (who tried to help the farmer out with a small parcel purchase) came into conflict over who had the deed to the property, the Clymer State Bank sued. Robert H. Jackson eventually took the matter, for the Bank, to the New York Court of Appeals. He won the suit for the bank, in what was Jackson's first successfully argued case in New York's highest court (he had failed in four other cases).

 

Doug Neckers heard a great deal about Bob Jackson as a boy growing up, mostly from his grandfather. Some of it was complimentary; most was not. In simplest terms, Albert Neckers, Jr., lost a lot of money, as did many persons with deposits in the Clymer State Bank, as a result of the Bank Holiday of 1933.

 

Nonetheless, when the Robert H. Jackson Center began, Doug Neckers was one of the first from outside Jamestown to identify with its genius. He was first elected to the Board of Directors in 2003 and was named the Henry T. King Fellow in 2008. His contributions are three-fold: to call attention to the role of Farben chemists in the successes of Hitler's aggressive policies; to assist the Center in educational programming at the Chautauqua Institution; and to help the Center engage with local colleges and universities where they can share resources and people.

 

During the past several years, the Center has hosted two Chief Justices of the U.S. Supreme Court: William Rehnquist and John Roberts. Sandra Day O'Connor has been a visitor, and Ruth Bader Ginsberg attended in 2013. In addition, every New York State political figure of any consequence has been a Center guest. As a capstone of the Center's achievements, the new Federal Courthouse was named for Jackson with an unveiling on September 30, 2013. 

 

As unique matters at the Jackson Center come to his attention, Doug Neckers will post them on this site. Visitors are invited to watch the Robert H. Jackson Center website with some regularity.