Akerlof, Carol R. 3/8/1940 - 9/3/2021 Ann Arbor, Michigan Carol Ruska Akerlof, age 81, died on September 3, 2021, five months after being diagnosed with ALS. She was born on March 8, 1940 in Erie, Pennsylvania, the daughter of John Theodore and Irene Louise (Holmwood) Ruska. She received a Bachelor of Arts in History, Government and Education from Lake Erie College in 1962, followed by a Master of Arts degree in Library Science at the University of Michigan in 1967. This led to her position as a reference librarian at Washtenaw Community College for a number of years. Her interest in wildlife rescue began in 1979 when she found an injured bird for which she sought help from the local humane society. Such efforts remained at a low level until she learned in 1984 at a national wildlife conference that these activities required state and national permits. After obtaining these, her involvement in bird rescue substantially increased, filling her home with tweeting patients. By 2004, this had reached a point where a larger communal effort was required and led to her founding and directorship of The Bird Center of Washtenaw County, recently renamed to The Bird Center of Michigan. Her heroic efforts to save wild birds of all species was recognized in 2012 by a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Wildlife Rehabilitators Association. The Bird Center continues her work, treating roughly 1500 injured and orphaned birds every year brought to their new location near Saline by people from all over the state. Carol is survived by her husband of 56 years, Carl; her daughter, Karen; her son William; and a sister, Jane. Please see www.niefuneralhomes.com
for memorial service details. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to The Bird Center of Michigan would be greatly appreciated. https://www.gofundme.com/f/carol-akerlof-memorial-bird-center-of-michigan
Published by Ann Arbor News from Sep. 8 to Sep. 12, 2021.