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Jack Eagleson (Fink)

It is with great sadness that the family of Jack Eagleson announces his passing on December 25, 2018 at the age of 92.
Jack was born to Morris Finklestein and Lily Eisenberg on Jan. 3, 1926 in Newark, N.J.
He joined the Air Force at the age of 18 and served in the Army of Occupation in Germany until 1948.
Jack attended the University of Colorado on the GI Bill of Rights from 1949-51 where he met and married Grace Dobson Henson in 1950. Together, they had three wonderful children; Sarah, Jay and Amy.
From 1951 to 1982, Jack taught high school science in schools in New Mexico, Idaho and Oregon.
He will be remembered by many in Southern Oregon as the Planetarium Director at Medford High School from 1968 - 1982. His family and friends loved sharing his fascination with the heavens and learning about the night sky.
He led a very active lifestyle and the Pacific Northwest was his playground. He enjoyed cross-country skiing and downhill and was a member of the Mt. Ashland Ski Patrol for many years. Nothing brought him more joy than when he was the captain of his sailboat or when he was piloting his small airplane, taking his family and friends on adventures.
Jack’s life was filled with music, which he loved to share with family and friends. He played the piano and guitar for many years and learned to play the flute later in life.
In 1998 Jack and Kathleen Sommer were married. For many years they had a flourishing online antiques business.
Jack is survived by his wives, his daughters and their spouses, Sarah (Bruce), Amy (Paul) and his grandchildren, Austin and Cielle. Jack was predeceased by his brother, Carl and his son, Jay.
A memorial service will be held later in the spring.
Donations may be made in Jack’s honor to the So. Oregon Humane Society, 2910 Table Rock Rd, Medford, OR 97501. https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/18830

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Thank you, Jack Fink. You were curious about the world and the universe. You affirmed that perspective in me and impacted hundreds of other curious minds as you taught. I still wonder about the stars and so much else... Happy Trails, Mr. Fink. Chuck Boiler

Chuck Boiler Jan 16 2020 12:00 AM

Mr. Fink was my high school biology teacher and I still remember how well he handled the sometimes childish drama in the lab when we dissected frogs. He told us a story of how he and his wife economized in their early marriage by buying bargain eggs with the blood spot of fertilization. He was a truly gifted teacher, one of the only ones I still remember with great respect and affection.

On the Mt. Ashland ski patrol, he would stop when I was down and make sure I was okay and offer words of encouragement to get up and keep going. He always made me feel good about myself, feel seen at an age when girls especially needed that support and encouragement.

Against all odds, I grew up and went to college and then on to law school and then medical school finding success in academic medicine, publishing and presenting at scientific meetings, teaching medical students and resident physicians, helping start the first women's imaging fellowship in the country. I have no doubt that having Mr. Fink as my first science teacher planted the seeds for those accomplishments. I wish I had stayed in touch with him and personally thanked him for being such an important person in my life. So now, to his loving family, I say thank you Mr. Fink.

Marla Gardner Jan 20 2019 12:00 AM

Jack was an amazing teacher and mentor. He co-advised the hiking club with Gary Hendricks at what was then Medford Senior High School. Oh, the adventures our group had! (He shot a memorable picture of me wiping out on my first time on snow skis!)
Jack did not treat us as mere students. He had a genuine interest in us as human beings. He loved life and sharing his passions in music, nature and photography. His interest in me as a person, his encouragement and friendship had a profound effect on me. It helped me become who I am today. I will cherish my memories of him forever.

Charlene Kelley Skipper Jan 9 2019 12:00 AM

Jack Eagleson was a brilliant Science Teacher and Planetarium Director. His keen wit and mastery of astronomy was evident in the scores a space enthusiasts that he helped form during his tenure at North Medford High School. I know, because I have met many of these fine people at the NMHS Planetarium. I have been thinking about Jack a lot this winter and I regret not calling or writing him prior to his passing. Jack was an inspirational person in my introduction to Astronomy and his fine work will live on in the Planetarium at North Medford!

Robert Black Planetarium Director / Astronomy Teacher NMHS 2002-Present Jan 7 2019 12:00 AM

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