On Thursday, Nov. 14, six University of Iowa alumni and faculty who served their country were honored with the Hawkeye Distinguished Veterans Award. Among the recipients were George L. Stout and Harold “Hal” Jackson of Winterset.
Some of the criteria to be considered for the award included; a strong university connection, having served honorably, military accomplishment and service to the community.
Stout was nominated for the award by Nancy Trask of Winterset. A devoted fan of his work and accomplishments, Trask reflected on the laurels of her recipient.
“I nominated George Stout,” she explained, “because of his involvement with so many activities at the University of Iowa. Serving as the editor in chief of the Daily Iowan from 1920-21, after graduation, his service to the community should actually have been called, service to the world. He developed the modern science of art preservation and restoration and although he had served overseas during WWI, he re-enlisted into active service in WWII and served as the Lt. Commander of the Monuments, Fine Arts and Archives unit. This unit, known as “the monuments men”, located and retrieved millions of the world’s finest works that had been stolen and hidden away by the Nazis. Without his dedication, the world of art would not be what it is today.”
Born in Winterset on Oct. 5, 1897, Stout died in Stanford, Calif., in June of 1978. An alumnus of the University of Iowa, Stout was acknowledged as a WWII hero and a leading figure in the field of art conservation. His story was depicted in the film “The Monuments Men”, with actor George Clooney playing a character based on Stout.
Recognized for the U.S. Navy, and the U.S. Army, Stout began his military service in World War I and served in the Navy between wars.
Harold “Hal” Jackson was nominated for the award by the University of Iowa’s College of Pharmacy. Kayla Sanders, Alumni Relations coordinator reflected on her nomination thoughts.
“Hal is a loyal, supportive and well loved alumnus of the College of Pharmacy. Over the last few years, I have gotten to know him and always enjoy listening to his stories about the war, raising family and his career in pharmacy. He has had an impact on so many people,” she explained.
Jackson was honored by the university as a veteran who served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War from 1950-1954. In his role as a photographer, he took photos over enemy lines from a B-52 bomber.
Graduating from the University of Iowa in 1962, he practiced pharmacy in Winterset for decades until he retired at the age of 70. Although retired, he remained active as a pharmacist working one to three days per week. Jackson also volunteered his time to serve on many boards and commissions in Winterset and Madison County.
An active member of the American Legion and VFW, he has also served as an elder of the First Presbyterian Church and is a loyal follower and attendee of University of Iowa home football games.