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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.

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Published in News Tribune (Tacoma) on Mar. 3, 2016.
11:00 AM
St. Patrick Catholic Church
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January 28, 2020
I worked with David in Mikkeli, Finland over a couple of winters. He was an excellent colleague and creative administrator. We worked with university students & local residents on countermeasures to regional depopulation, with some substantial success. David was warmhearted and brilliant, and is missed by many. Blessings to Family!
Bruce Henry Lambert
March 14, 2016
Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts. I studied at the Helsinki School of Economics and I am happy I had the chance to meet him. Irene Brandner
Irene Brandner
March 3, 2016
Sincere condolences to Dean Atkinson's family.
My daughter studied at the Mikkeli branch of the Helsinki School of Economics during his deanship and I had the opportunity to meet him a few times. Reflecting my own and my daughter's experiences, I can say that as well as being an excellent teacher, he was a warm, empathic person, who cared for his students. Our family is very thankful for his counsel.
Eila Hart
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