ForeverMissed
Dr. Jacquelyn J Wilson was born in New York City on May 17, 1941 and grew up in New Jersey where she attended Ridgewood High School. She studied a year abroad in France and was a graduate of  both the University of Pennsylvania and Jefferson Medical College of the Thomas Jefferson University, both in the city of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In 1969 she decided to leave Philadelphia and moved to San Diego, CA because of a better climate and a more diverse community both politically, socially and in the practice of medicine. 

She set up her general medical practice and became board certified first in Family Medicine followed by Homeopathy, Homeotherapeutics, Integrative and Holistic Medicine. Jackie dedicated herself to optimizing the health of all on the planet by bringing sustainable and non-toxic therapies over her 40 year career.

Her beloved biological family lived on the East Coast and they shared many memorable times. Jackie was preceded in death by her parents John and Josephine Wilson. Jackie is survived by her loving sister Joy Sosler (Dennis), brother John Wilson (Donna), five nieces, a nephew, and extended families. Jackie maintained a very close relationship with her parents throughout their lives. Jackie inherited her parents work ethic, intelligence, love of sports, and the joy of entertaining friends. Jackie had very deep friendships with groups of people and she will be missed by all.

A few of her accomplishments and honors were serving as President and Trustee of the American Institute of Homeopathy, Dean of the National Center for Homeopathy summer instructional program, Volunteer Faculty at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine department of Family Medicine (1972-2011), and numerous other medical organizations including the Native American community who recognized her holistic knowledge. 

As a member of the LGBTQ community she was a pioneer serving on the board of the Human Dignity Foundation making medical care available to all. At the University of California San Diego school of medicine students held Jackie in high honor with her knowledge of blending traditional and homeopathic medicine. They always enjoyed her dry sense of humor.

Away from work, Jackie enjoyed nature and reading a variety of books with subjects about physics, flying, ornithology, language of animals, and medical books.  She loved all walks of life and had a gift of bringing people together regardless of religion and political beliefs. Whether at her home in Escondido, or condo in San Diego, potluck dinners were a favorite for all. They would travel near and far to break bread and enjoy each other.  Her nieces and nephew always looked forward to visits with her and will cherish their “Adventures with Aunt Jackie” memories for years to come.

When she was diagnosed with Neuroendocrine Carcinoid Cancer, she bought a house on Silver Lake in New Jersey so that she could experience all the seasons one more time.  Family and friends from all over the country enjoyed memories of years past and time spent with her enjoying the surroundings of the lake. In 2019 she returned to San Diego to spend her final days with her West Coast extended family. 

Jackie’s fascination with how we can heal with the support of nature in love, was there until her last breath. She said “Don’t worry about dying, we will never completely separate, because we are all cradled in the arms of the Universe.”  Jackie left us on June 1, 2020.

She will be laid to rest in Steelmantown Natural Burial Preserve, Steelmantown, NJ.

Donations in Dr. Jackie Wilson‘s name can be made to Doctors Without Borders (https://www.doctorswithoutborders.org) or Native American Rights Fund (https://www.narf.org). 

Fertig Funeral Home


Posted by Joyce Glaser on July 13, 2020
I often remember Jackie from playing soccer with her, in the late '70's and even though we weren't in touch through the years, I'll always remember her ! Because of her I learned the value of homeopathic medicine...I think she would be proud of the fact that I am such a proponent of essential oils, I definitely keep my whole family well,esp now with this virus! Not that this ever mattered to me,but she was the first lesbian I ever knew, she was so cool about it! I have a few friends left from those soccer days and would always inquire about Jackie and where she was...I hope we meet again someday in this vast universe...God willing! She is an awesome lady!!
Posted by Hedy Price on July 11, 2020
Jackie was a calm, sweet and gentle presence on our pioneering and boisterous Poway women's soccer team (Mike's Mamas/Rowdy Mamas United) in the early 80's. She introduced us to homeopathic medicine for which I am eternally grateful/healthy. A special lady indeed that had a very special impact.
Posted by Michael Fischoff on June 14, 2020
We (Donalee & I) had the pleasure of meeting Jackie this fall when, through Herculean efforts by her dear friend (and ours!), Dora Ortega, arrangements were made to have Jackie return to San Diego to live out the final phase of her life surrounded by her circle of close friends and   provided with the care she needed to remain in her condo. It was a magnificent gesture by all those involved. We were invited to celebrate Thanksgiving with her impressive group of friends and attended her 79th birthday party which was, in essence, a celebration of her life. We were recently sent a picture of Jackie’s flower draped casket near her final burial spot. It is a lovely, fitting setting for a woman who lived a vital, nature loving life.
Posted by NICHOLAS NOSSAMAN on June 9, 2020
I knew Jackie for over 35 years, including time spent in quarterly meetings of the Rhus Tox study group, with Dean Crothers, Jennifer Jacobs and Bob Schore. Jackie was always outspoken, inquiring, whip smart and devoted to any and all methods of true healing. Dr. Chase and others have described well her long list of leadership positions in various homeopathic organizations and endeavors.
As a gay woman medical student and physician, she had an uphill course from the beginning, and her strong spirit served her well in negotiating those turbulent waters. She was always a person of strong convictions, including her advocacy for diversity in organizations and respect for minorities and the disadvantaged.
Perhaps “outspoken” isn’t a strong enough word to describe Jackie, as she told me once that, growing up, her family enjoyed having intense discussions—arguments, as she described them—about various topics. Besides her ability to remain calm and even tempered in the midst of intense discussions, part of the consequences of that included the fact that she was very clear about her viewpoints and was unafraid to introduce her unique perspectives into whatever proceedings, often causing valuable expansion of discussions that seemed initially to be straightforward and simple. Legend has it that Julian Winston—another of our deceased luminaries and an equally strong personality—in the midst of a controversial NCH board meeting discussion, threw a glass at Jackie, who didn’t even flinch as it zinged past her head.
Richard Moskowitz, at the AIH Sesquicentennial in 1994 described Jackie as “our resident wild woman” in introducing her presentation on the ecology of medicine. I took this as very descriptive of her uniqueness, strong presence, intense practicality and far ranging creative thinking.
Jackie had a great love for nature and all living things and loved socializing, entertaining and being entertained by friends.
We and the world of health care will miss her.
Posted by Marielena Hurtado on June 8, 2020
Jackie had a shining light about her, she had a giving nature and a healing touch. I loved talking to her because she truly had the gift of listening. I also loved hearing her many stories and enriching life experiences. She truly knew compassion. I will never forget when my mom was very sick, Jackie stopped by to visit and she made ALL of us feel better.  She was funny, tender and courageous. She had the ability to make you feel at peace simply by being present. 
Posted by Cora Nowell on June 8, 2020
I always thought Jackie was a sweet, interesting woman. I loved going to her home in Escondido for pot lucks and her condo in Bankers Hill. She was warm and inclusive to all. Jackie would always be interested in what "you" were up to, had good advise and would try to connect you with others that were like minded. I know she was loved by so many and will be terribly missed. Dora, was so special to her! I send lots of love and peaceful thoughts to your Spirit!
Posted by James Mattioda on June 8, 2020
Every interaction and conversation I had with Jackie I always felt I had her complete and undivided attention as in a timeless dimension. Jackie was one of my first introductions to the homeopathic community. I can gratefully say it was a generous experience of the heart and mind.
Posted by Pamela Nathan on June 7, 2020
Jackie was my very first friend when I moved from South Africa to San Diego in 1979. That we were both female homeopaths made our connection that much stronger as we had so much in common and shared endlessly. Yearly conferences, regular lunches, countless potlucks ... 41 years of an amazing friendship that can never be replaced. We traveled together, visiting her family back east and also explored the Louisiana, Mississippi coast all the way to Florida. She was a trailblazer, for sure ... never intimidated, always affirming her convictions. It made me proud to be her friend. I will miss her loving presence in my life .... she was so unique and for me, no other quite like her.
Posted by Gail Gluckman on June 7, 2020
Jackie was a professional colleague, a mentor and a good friend. I will forever remember and be grateful for her wise words, her dry sense of humor and quick wit, her openness and honesty, and her insight. She was generous in all she had to teach and open to learning so many new things. She was fearless in confronting issues in the medical world and in the personal world. I will miss her.
Posted by RIchard Vagley on June 7, 2020
I too was a medical school classmate of Jackie's. Given our respective focuses on surviving the rigors of medical school and assignments at various hospitals, which in turn separated many classmates, for months at a time, I did not get to know Jackie that well. But I knew her to be a caring and conscientious student so am not surprised that she became the remarkable physician she became. A life well lived, the ultimate tribute to anyone who no longer is with us. May she rest in peace.
Dick Vagley
Posted by Elaina Hershowitz on June 6, 2020
Around 1983,, Dora introduced my husband, Yudi, our two sons, Ari and Jonah, and me to Jackie. That was the beginning of my family's life-long friendship with her. I can't begin to count the number of movies, dinners, and pot-lucks at her house that we enjoyed together. Jackie had an opinion about everything, most of them, fairly unconventional. At first, you would disagree with her. But after listening to Jackie for a while, you'd begin to see her point and start reconsidering your own. Jackie was a generous, kind, and brilliant person. We were so lucky to have been part of her life.
Posted by Gabrielle Traub on June 6, 2020
I have never met anyone like Jackie. She was courageous, funny, non-judgmental and honest to the core. She was always herself, did what she believed in, never cared what other people thought. She had a child-like curiosity and was always open to learning new things. She had a deep sense of community and loved bringing people together. She was a trailblazer and advocate for homeopathy—and the planet. She was never scared of dying. The most difficult thing for her in her final months was not having a purpose, not being able to help others as she always had done before. I will miss her very much.
Posted by Sandra Schmidt on June 6, 2020
A superior physician.
A beautiful woman.
A kind and loving soul.
An example for the world.

The Prayer of St Francis of Assisi was written for her:

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace,
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy;

O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console;
to be understood as to understand;
to be loved as to love.

For it is in giving that we receive;
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

Rest in peace, Jack.


Posted by Harold Yocum on June 6, 2020
Jackie was a medical school classmate at Jefferson . due to the happenstance of alphabetical order we were seated next to each other in several classes. I suspect that I knew her a bit more than most of my classmates as a result. We talked often, especially in histology class lab and I assisted her at times with the microscope and what we looking at. She was very private as many LGBTQ persons were during that time of limited understanding and acceptance.
I admired her and her chosen path in life as a physician. Jackie indeed , had a beautiful soul. Peace
Posted by Dora Ortega on June 6, 2020
Jackie was my champ, the big sister I never had, the friend that will never be replaced. A graceful athlete, creative thinker, environmentalist, and compassionate doctor until the very end. She endured the living through times when being gay was dangerous both physically and emotionally and had a disease that was similar. She was funny, shy, tender and courageous. She was not perfect, but was perfect enough for me and the many friends who loved her. President Bush once wondered out loud how Muhammad Ali stayed so pretty through so many fights, "It is probably had to do with his beautiful soul." I feel the same way about Jackie. RIP                    

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Posted by Joyce Glaser on July 13, 2020
I often remember Jackie from playing soccer with her, in the late '70's and even though we weren't in touch through the years, I'll always remember her ! Because of her I learned the value of homeopathic medicine...I think she would be proud of the fact that I am such a proponent of essential oils, I definitely keep my whole family well,esp now with this virus! Not that this ever mattered to me,but she was the first lesbian I ever knew, she was so cool about it! I have a few friends left from those soccer days and would always inquire about Jackie and where she was...I hope we meet again someday in this vast universe...God willing! She is an awesome lady!!
Posted by Hedy Price on July 11, 2020
Jackie was a calm, sweet and gentle presence on our pioneering and boisterous Poway women's soccer team (Mike's Mamas/Rowdy Mamas United) in the early 80's. She introduced us to homeopathic medicine for which I am eternally grateful/healthy. A special lady indeed that had a very special impact.
Posted by Michael Fischoff on June 14, 2020
We (Donalee & I) had the pleasure of meeting Jackie this fall when, through Herculean efforts by her dear friend (and ours!), Dora Ortega, arrangements were made to have Jackie return to San Diego to live out the final phase of her life surrounded by her circle of close friends and   provided with the care she needed to remain in her condo. It was a magnificent gesture by all those involved. We were invited to celebrate Thanksgiving with her impressive group of friends and attended her 79th birthday party which was, in essence, a celebration of her life. We were recently sent a picture of Jackie’s flower draped casket near her final burial spot. It is a lovely, fitting setting for a woman who lived a vital, nature loving life.
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Shared by Marie Flowers on June 6, 2020
Jackie was my neighbor at Silver Lake. It wasn’t long before my husband and I realized we have met a remarkable woman. My husband and I shared many conversations with Jackie and after every one of them we were left saying “she is amazing!” Topics of all matters given that she had a very wide knowledge base she worked for at her fingertips. She loved learning and teaching. And I loved learning from her. 
Jackie your smile and those beautiful twinkling blue eyes, our great visits and the 50 hugs we had when you were leaving NJ are buried in my memory. Your sweet spirit connected with my spirit and now I know your presence is here for the asking. I will miss not being able to be in your physical presence but am happy that you nourished your spirit with God and goodness and we will meet again my dear dear friend. I have also been blessed knowing your family and friends. Thank you for your sharing spirit and always making me feel welcome in your home. 
Thank You for all you were and it’s not over, we will meet again. Can’t say Rest In Peace because if I know you you’re using that new spiritual life to get back to work. To know you was to love you Bosco misses you too.