WKU History Department http://wkyufm.org en WKU History Professor, Author Carlton Jackson Dies http://wkyufm.org/post/wku-history-professor-author-carlton-jackson-dies <p><em>Update: Visitation for Carlton Jackson will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14th&nbsp;at J.C. Kirby's on Lovers Lane. His funeral is Saturday, Feb. 15th at 2 p.m. at Christ Episcopal Church.</em></p><p>Longtime WKU history professor and noted author Carlton Jackson has died at age 81.<br /><br />“Carlton was a passionate historian and a very clever scholar who had a knack for finding an unusual, intriguing story and telling it in a way that really caught folks’ interest," said David Lee, Dean of Potter College of Arts &amp; Letters.&nbsp; "He was a master combination scholar-storyteller and a remarkable historian.”<br /><br />Jackson authored several books including “Hattie: The Life of Hattie McDaniel”, the biography of the actress who won an Academy Award for her role of Mammy in "Gone With The Wind". He also wrote “P.S. I Love You: The Story of the Singing Hilltoppers”, chronicling the four Western Kentucky students who rose to national stardom as a singing group in the 1950s .&nbsp;<br /><br />“Carlton is kind of a WKU legend,” said Lee. &nbsp;&nbsp;“Universities are extensions of the personalities who comprise them and Carlton was a distinctive, legendary figure who’s left a tremendous legacy to this university.”<br /><br />Jackson was <a href="http://wkunews.wordpress.com/2011/10/14/view-from-the-hill-carlton-jackson/" target="_blank">featured</a> as a part of WKU's "View from the Hill" program in 2011.<br /><br />Jackson was one of the first two faculty members to be named a University Distinguished Professor.&nbsp; Born in Blount County, Alabama, he came to Western Kentucky in 1961.<br /> Tue, 11 Feb 2014 17:22:25 +0000 WKU Public Radio News 43672 at http://wkyufm.org WKU History Professor, Author Carlton Jackson Dies