Juneau resident David A. Ackerman died April 18, 2007, in Juneau. He was 54.
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He was born June 20, 1952, in Tacoma, Wash., to Winona and Arthur Ackerman.
According to family members, he loved to read and travel. He was proficient in many languages and had diverse experiences.
His studies and careers in the U.S. Navy and state department as a foreign service officer took him all over the globe. He was an avid scholar whose educational background fed a personal thirst for knowledge, family members said.
His love of nature brought him to the wilderness of Alaska as an intelligence research specialist for the U.S. Coast Guard at the 17th District office. He also was a member of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary.
He is survived by his wife of 19 years, Yeahja Ackerman; children, Audrey and Arthur Ackerman of Juneau; mother; Winona Ackerman; sisters, Kathleen Alexis Ackerman, Alice Uddin and Molly Baumert; and many grandnieces and grandnephews.
A memorial service will be held at 5 p.m. today at Northern Light United Church.
Memorial contributions in his honor will be held for his daughter as she starts college this fall. Any financial gifts can be deposited at Alaska USA Federal Credit Union under Audrey Ackerman. Gifts and cards can be sent to 1960 Glacier Ave., Juneau, AK 99801.