The legacy of Dr. Bryan C. Jack lives on. The Tyler native, who lost his life in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, was remembered Wednesday during the Patriot Day ceremony at the elementary school named in his honor.

Each year students at Dr. Bryan C. Jack Elementary School in Tyler host a remembrance ceremony for Jack and the almost 3,000 others who died on 9/11.

Jack was on American Airlines Flight 77 when it was crashed into the Pentagon, only a few hundred feet from his office.

Students shared details about Jack’s life as the flags at the school were lowered to half-staff.

A 1970 Robert E. Lee High School graduate, Jack was the director of the Programming and Fiscal Economics Division in the Office of Program Analysis and Evaluation in the Department of Defense, according to the Pentagon.

Fifth grade student Myron Sindille, 11, said it’s important to remember his legacy and leadership. As Jack Patriots, the school tries to instill leadership qualities in all of its students.

“(Being a patriot) means trying to be a leader to other people if you have an opportunity,” he said. “It means you should try to help people because it’ll end up helping you back.”

Sindille said students are taught to respect others, follow the golden rule and develop positive habits.

Jack’s career with the Department of Defense spanned more than two decades and included roles in the SALT II and START negotiations during the Cold War, according to the Pentagon Memorial website. He received the Defense Exceptional Service Medal in 1998 and 2000.

His parents, James and Helen Jack, were both Tyler ISD teachers. Jack married his longtime partner Barbara Rachko in June of 2001.

Jack Elementary School opened six years after his death in August 2007, and is a Leader In Me Lighthouse School. The designation indicates the school is looked to as an example of exceptional leadership. Only 300 of the more than 3,500 Leader in Me schools worldwide receive the designation.


Cory is a multimedia journalist and member of the Education Writers Association, Criminal Justice Journalists and Investigative Reporters and Editors. He has appeared on Crime Watch Daily and Grave Mysteries on Investigation Discovery.

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