Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Joe's St. Louis: Lindbergh Alumna to Take over Reins of UMKC Medical School

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Joe's St. Louis: Lindbergh Alumna to Take over Reins of UMKC Medical School

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DOCTOR, DEAN - Never let it be said that Kansas City doesn't know to head east when looking for talented people.

Dr. Mary Anne Jackson -- a Lindbergh High (class of '72) grad who was born and reared in south St. Louis County -- will be named Sunday as the interim dean of the University of Missouri-Kansas City medical school.

Her mother, Dorothy Erbs, who still lives in Jackson's childhood home, noted that the good doctor worked at the old St. Joseph's Hospital in Kirkwood when she was a teenager.

Jackson is a professor and pediatrician, with a specialization in infectious diseases, and has a clinical appointment with Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City.

Last year, Jackson was selected to the National Vaccine Advisory Committee and she also serves on the American Heart Association's cardiovascular disease committee.

ILLUMINATING HONOR - Local activist Brittany Packnett picked up honors Sunday from the BET Network, receiving a "Shine A Light" award.

Packnett, a former teacher and now vice president of Teach For America's national community alliances, became well-known as a Ferguson protester and then a member of the Ferguson Commission.

In 2016, she was named by Time magazine as one of the "12 New Faces of Black Leadership."

WAVELENGTHS - Word in the radio business tells us that Dan Ingram -- once part of the most popular disc jockey staffs in STL -- has died at the age of 83.

Ingram worked at WIL in 1959-60 and is a member of the St. Louis Media Hall of Fame.

"He was here at WIL when it was in the Coronado Hotel," said Frank Absher, head of the St. Louis Media History Foundation. "(He was) a very funny man who was part of WIL's exodus to WABC."

Back in that day, at 1430 on the AM dial, WIL was the hottest hit station in town and boasted a staff that included Ingram, Ron Lundy, Gary Owens (the baritone-piped announcer on "Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In") and the legendary Jack Carney.

The jocks all left St. Louis about 1960 and headed to WABC in New York. …

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