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02-13-2023 - Dr. Bruce Jacobson Passes Away
Bruce Jacobson, second from right, died Tuesday. Jacobson was one of the founding members of North Hills Hospital in North Richland Hills. He’s pictured here in October 2001 with fellow founders Bob Chapman, Martha Chapman, Charles Rush, Hurst, and David Pillow in a celebration for the hospital’s seven founders. SHANNA LOPEZ STAR-TELEGRAM

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Bruce Jacobson, founding member of North Hills Hospital and medical pioneer, dead at 96 BY ABBY CHURCH UPDATED JANUARY 18, 2023 4:52 PM Bruce Jacobson, second from right, died Tuesday. Jacobson was one of the founding members of North Hills Hospital in North Richland Hills. He’s pictured here in October 2001 with fellow founders Bob Chapman, Martha Chapman, Charles Rush, Hurst, and David Pillow in a celebration for the hospital’s seven founders. SHANNA LOPEZ STAR-TELEGRAM If there was anything to be said about Bruce Jacobson, it was that he didn’t believe anything happened by coincidence. He was a firm believer that everything was the result of a bigger divine plan, and when that plan started rolling, it needed to be carried out with integrity, honor and compassion, his son Michael Jacobson said. That divine plan led the prominent doctor to greatness, and a lasting legacy in Tarrant County and beyond.

Jacobson, founding member of North Hills Hospital, former JPS president of medical staff and Tarrant County medical pioneer, died Friday. He was 96. He was born in 1926 in St. Paul, Minnesota. He was raised two hours away in Shell Lake, Wisconsin, and was the oldest of five siblings in an impoverished family. When Jacobson turned 17, he joined the U.S. Navy to serve in World War II. Jacobson’s life changed again on the destroyer USS Donald W. Wolf.

On the ship, there happened to be a lieutenant from Fort Worth who was so taken aback by Jacobson that when the youngster eventually moved back to Wisconsin, the lieutenant bombarded him with letters pleading with Jacobson to enroll at TCU and become a Horned Frog. Jacobson eventually made the move to Fort Worth to become a TCU student, as well as the first person in his family to pursue a college degree. TX Politics newsletter Get government and election news that affects our region, plus a weekly take exclusive to the newsletter. SIGN UP This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply. It turned out to be the right decision.

While Jacobson attended classes, he met his wife, Patricia. They married in 1947 and were together until her death in 2004. Together the couple had seven children: Lynn, Jan, Julie, Bruce, Michael, Jennifer and Eric. Michael said that when his mother and father were expecting their first child and living in a garage apartment while living attending TCU, their landlord found out his mother was pregnant and said the family needed to vacate the property. Jacobson swore that if he ended up becoming a doctor like he set out to do, he would never lift a finger to help the landlord if she came in for medical treatment. Ten years later, that same landlord was wheeled into the emergency room Jacobson was covering after she had a stroke. Jacobson treated her the best he could. “Was it a pure coincidence that out of 500,000 people, and 400 physicians in the county, that the landlady, and I were united again in a one-on-one relationship,” Jacobson later wrote about the experience. “I do not know, but have often wondered if it wasn’t divine intervention, God demonstrating to me that rash and hateful promises had no place in his Kingdom.”

At TCU and later at Baylor Medical School, Jacobson graduated with honors. He moved back to Fort Worth, completed a residency at John Peter Smith Hospital, and in 1956 alongside Ardis Bell, David Pillow and Charlie Rush, opened Northeast Clinic. Five years later, the same crew of doctors, along with Martha and Bob Chapman, opened Glenview Hospital, now Medical City North Hills, in North Richland Hills. Randy Moresi, former president of North Hills Hospital of 26 years and friend of Jacobson, called Jacobson a “pioneer” who helped bring health care to Northeast Tarrant County. He said Jacobson belonged on the Mount Rushmore of Northeast Tarrant County medicine and that his talent and greatness went beyond his practice. Not only was Jacobson a great physician, but a great man who had integrity. “He checked all the boxes,” Moresi said. While he was busy with his career, Jacobson always made a point to be home and seated at the head of the table for dinner, said Michael, who leads the Greater Arlington Chamber of Commerce. Jacobson made it a point to be present with his family and drew sharp boundaries between career and his home life. Michael said it was Jacobson’s desire to spend more time with his family that led Jacobson to leave private practice and become the director of Southwestern Medical School’s family residency program — the largest in the nation — from 1975 to 1988. It was here Jacobson helped hundreds become doctors, and he later became the president of medical staff at JPS. Jacobson served on President Ronald Reagan’s Commission for the Study of Ethical Problems in Medicine and Biomedicine and Behavioral Research from 1982 to 1983. He also served on the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Advisory Committee on Child Abuse and Neglect.

While Jacobson was a pioneer in Tarrant County’s medical community, he was intricately involved in political aspects as well. Jacobson wrote party platforms for the Republicans throughout the 1970s and was a Birdville school board member from 1968 to 1979. He served one term as president during his time on the board. David Lawson, a retired doctor, met Jacobson in 1981 when Lawson started his residency at JPS. Lawson saw Jacobson as a mentor and a caring role model who possessed immense leadership. Some of the biggest lessons Lawson learned from Jacobson were about empathy and respect for patients. Lawson remembers being called into Jacobson’s office after having been late to a round during his residency, looking up and seeing a photo of former president Ronald Reagan with a message. “To my good friend Bruce,” Lawson recalled it reading. “From Ronnie.” Jacobson was also a member of the Northeast Chamber of Commerce and was an investor on the Board of the Bank of North Texas.

And when Jacobson took off his white coat, he found himself on his ranch. He was an avid horseman and owned Hillcrest Ranch in Teague, where he bred Appaloosa and thoroughbred horses. Jacobson remarried in 2007, to Linda. Together the couple traveled in a motor home going all around the country and visiting Texas’ state parks. One of Jacobson’s final trips was back to Shell Lake. He golfed until he was 92. Outside of his work, Jacobson was loving and a practical joker, his son said. There were times his dad would show up to places in a face mask with a hole cut in it to smoke a cigar. Jacobson was also a prolific writer who wrote poetry and often penned letters to the editor to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

Jacobson is survived by Linda, his seven children, his brother Don, 17 grandchildren and 28 great grandchildren. This story was originally published January 18, 2023 3:34 PM. CORRECTION: Jacobson grew up in Shell Lake, Wisconsin.

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11-12-2014 - Coach Aubrey Wilson (1932-2014) Passes Away

Richland head basketball coach, Aubrey Wilson, passed away November 2, 2014. He is survived by his wife, Nona.  During his coaching career, Wilson was a 1960, 1969 and 1972 Coach of the Year and was sought out as a lecturer, had articles in Texas Coach and was honored to coach the North All-Star basketball team at the State Coaches Convention. He capped his coaching career as assistant coach in 1974 at Texas Wesleyan University.

09-05-2014 - David Miller - 2014 RHS Outstanding Alumnus

Richland High Graduates!

David Miller has been selected as the 2014 Richland High School Outstanding Alumnus.  He was honored at a reception and the RHS pep rally on Friday, September 19th  and at halftime of the Richland Homecoming game with Grand Prairie. 

He is very deserving and a great representative for the Rebels.


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