National Academy of Kinesiology – Member #428


Dr. Allen W. Jackson, NAK Fellow #428 passed away August 5, 2020 after a brief illness at the age of 69. Dr. Jackson was elected a NAK Fellow in 2002. Allen, a native Texan, attended public schools in Houston, Texas. Allen completed his BS degree at the University of Houston and MS degree at Lamar University. He then returned to the University of Houston where he was mentored by Andrew S. (Tony) Jackson, NAK Fellow #285, completing his doctoral degree in 1978. His area of expertise was measurement and research in physical education/kinesiology. Allen spent his entire academic career at the University of North Texas (Denton, Texas), where he served as Department Chair for 7.5 years. His academic work included 3 books and more than 250 scientific articles. His research focused on the relations between physical activity and health outcomes in children, youth, and adults. He twice received the AAHPERD Research Consortium’s Research Writing Award. He presented his work annually at national meetings, principally AAHPERD and the ACSM. He was an excellent mentor to graduate students, often guiding them to present at national meetings and subsequently publishing their research. He was a member of the President's Council on Physical Fitness Sports & Nutrition Science Board (2007 –2011). His 3-year NIH Award “Participation and Training in Health Sciences (PATHS),” was directed toward increasing the representation of Hispanics in health/science professions by delivering a school-based culturally competent curriculum to inner-city high school students.


He was an active member of the National Academy of Kinesiology, AAHPERD (now SHAPE America), the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), and the Texas Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine. Allen believed that all of us in kinesiology/physical education/physical activity/health are “health educators” because we are helping individuals adopt and maintain physically active lifestyles that impact healthy living and quality of life. Throughout his life Allen engaged in physical activity nearly daily. Allen lived what he conducted research on and his life illustrated the impact that physical activity has on quality of life. His life and work significantly (p< .001) impacted the lives of countless students, colleagues, and individuals around the world.


Prepared by James R. Morrow, Jr. (#341) and Andrew S. Jackson (#285).