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Robert C. ACKERBERG

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ACKERBERG - Robert C. It is with great sadness that the family of Robert C. Ackerberg announces his passing on January 27, 2014. He was 79. Bob was born and raised in Minneapolis. He graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1956 and received a Masters in Engineering from the University of Michigan in 1957 and a Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics from Harvard University in 1963. Bob was a professor of Aerospace and Chemical Engineering at Polytechnic Institute of New York for almost 30 years. He was cited many times over for a paper he co-wrote, "Boundary Layer Problems Exhibiting Resonance," which drew attention to a mathematical phenomenon that came to be known as Ackerberg-O'Malley resonance. He spent sabbaticals at NASA and at University College London. Music was Bob's main passion outside of his academic work. In 1983, Bob co-founded the Massapequa Philharmonic Orchestra. He served as its President from its inception until his passing and played second flute until 2012. Bob did much of the legwork for the Orchestra including the submission of grants, the management of personnel and the selection of the program and the soloists. He loved the fact that the community was exposed to great classical works and world-class soloists, all free of charge. Bob also was a long-time participant in the Summertrios chamber music workshop and the Bennington Chamber Music Conference. Bob ran for most of his life, even placing in a few races, and was Treasurer of the Water Authority of Southeastern Nassau County in the early 1990s. Known for his curiosity and humor, he continued to work on math problems even after his retirement and wrote many "Letters to the Editor" that were published in the New York Times and New York Newsday, on topics ranging from copyright to taxation to the environment. Bob will be fondly remembered by his long-time companion of 28 years, Cecele Miller; his children Daniel Ackerberg and Anna Garsten, his son-in-law Bryan Garsten, his grandchildren, David and Max Garsten, Marco Angelucci-Ackerberg and Stephanie and Michael Dalton; his stepchildren Dena Miller and Ellen and Bob Dalton; and his former wife, Sylvia Lipnick. Bob was predeceased by his brothers, Sanders and Norman. Donations in memory of Robert C. Ackerberg can be made to the Massapequa Philharmonic Orchestra at P.O. Box 52, Massapequa Park, NY 11762-0052.


Published in Newsday on Feb. 2, 2014
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