David Harton Ackerman died on Dec. 26, 2013 in Shelburne, Vt. He was born in Passaic, N.J. on June 30, 1925, the son of Sarah Jane Benson and David Greenlie Ackerman.
David was educated at the Collegiate School in Passaic and Northwood School in Lake Placid. He served with the First Infantry Division in Europe during World War II. Following service, he was admitted to the Class of 1947 at Princeton University and later studied at Harvard Business School.
As an administrative geologist, David traveled extensively in the U.S., Canada, West Africa, Portugal, Australia and the Caribbean. For many years, he chaired the board of Benson Mines, Inc., originally an iron ore company founded by his great-grandfather Byron David Benson in St. Lawrence County. He participated in local government in New Jersey and in the Adirondacks and served on the boards of a number of nonprofits.
He was honored by the Lake Placid Shore Owners Association for distinguished service in 2007 and was inducted into the Lake Placid Hall of Fame in 2008. He was the author of "Placid Lake, A Centennial History, 1893-1993" and "Lake Placid Club, 1895-1980, An Illustrated History."
The Ackermans moved from New Vernon, N.J. to Shelburne, Vt. and eventually to Wake Robin. They maintained a second home in Lake Placid, where they were seasonal residents for many years.
David leaves his wife of 57 years, Elizabeth Thomas Ackerman; a daughter, Jane Benson Ackerman and her husband Charles Kerr III of Norwich, Vt; a son, David Greenlie Ackerman II and wife Jessica of Burlington, Vt.; grandsons, David Holden Ackerman and William Sumner Ackerman; and a sister, Sarah Ackerman Clark and her husband M. Harrison Clark of Brooksville, Maine.
A memorial service will be held in Lake Placid later in the year. Gifts in honor of David may be sent to Northwood School or Placid Lake Protection Fund, c/o the Adirondack Foundation at PO Box 288, Lake Placid, NY 12946.