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1942 - 2016
David Mack Atkinson Born March 30, 1942, in Bremerton, WA; passed away peacefully at his home February 26, 2016. He is survived by the love of his life, Dixie, daughter Wendy (Steve), son Don (Lisa), his sister Fran, five grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. While working on his PhD from the University of Maryland, he clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justice, William O. Douglas. After receiving his PhD in 1972, he became a professor of political science at the University of Arizona. He then spent 17 years at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, WA, eventually becoming Dean of the Graduate School. He finished his career in Mikkeli, Finland as the Dean of the School of Economics at the University of Helsinki. He had a passion for teaching, education, politics, travel, outdoor activities (hiking and biking), and was an avid sports fan. Go Hawks! He will be greatly missed, but his legacy will live on. Services will be held Wednesday, March 9, 2016, 11AM, at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Tacoma, WA.
Published in News Tribune (Tacoma) on Mar. 3, 2016
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