Born in Boston, Massachusetts on March 17, 1945 to William and Corinne Ludel, Jackie grew up in Queens, New York. She graduated with high honors in 1966 from Queens College, Flushing, NY. She began her graduate studies at the University of Indiana in Bloomington, Indiana in 1966 and completed her Ph.D. in 1971, specializing in Physiological Psychology, Sensory Psychology and Anatomy. She won widespread recognition for academic excellence. As an undergraduate she was elected to several honor societies, Phi Beta Kappa, Beta Beta Beta, National Biology Honor Society, Psi Chi, National Psychology Honor Society and Sigma Delta Epsilon, the National Honor Society of Women in Science. From 1966-1971, she became a National Science Foundation Graduate Fellow. The Guilford College Board of Visitors recognized her extraordinary teaching abilities and achievement by awarding her its highest honor, the Excellence in Teaching Award in 1980, only four years after she began her teaching career at the College. In addition, she is listed in several honorary publications, American Men and Women in Science, Contemporary Authors, The International Authors and Writers Who’s Who. Jackie authored two books, Margaret Mead, 1984 and Introduction to Sensory Processes, 1978 (Also translated into Italian). Jackie also published numerous reviews, articles, and reports, many for the Greensboro “News and Record” and for professional journals. She continued her professional research while dedicating most of her waking hours to her students, to preparing new courses, and to her extensive College administrative responsibilities. Profoundly important to Jackie was her work with stranded/beached whales and dolphins under the auspices of the Smithsonian Institution.