1946 - 2019
ACKERMAN, Frank "Francis" Hopkirk Of Cambridge, MA, died peacefully on July 15th, 2019 with his family by his side at age 72. Frank was born October 17, 1946 to Dorothy Hopkirk and Eugene Ackerman in Madison, Wisconsin. After graduating from Swarthmore College, he earned a Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University. He spent most of his adult life in Somerville and Cambridge, where he raised two children. A gifted and prolific writer, Frank was an environmentalist and a critic of mainstream economic theory. Early in his career, Frank co-founded Dollars & Sense, a progressive economics magazine. His books include "Reagonomics," "Hazardous to our Wealth," "Why Do We Recycle," "Poisoned for Pennies," "Priceless, Can We Afford the Future?" and, most recently, "Worst Case Economics." In the course of his work at Tellus Institute, the Global Development and Environment Institute, Stockholm Environment Institute, and Synapse Energy Economics, he advised government agencies and NGOs on a wide range of energy, waste management, and climate policy initiatives. Frank taught at Tufts University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and University of Massachusetts Amherst. He was a longtime trumpet player in the Second Line Social Aid and Pleasure Society Brass Band. Frank was a loving and beloved husband, father, and grandfather. He is survived by wife, Becky (Rebecca) Sarah; children, Robin and Janet Ackerman; and brother, Manny (Emmanuel) Ackerman. He is also survived by stepchildren Jessie Stickgold-Sarah and Cory Skuldt and grandchildren Ronan Ackerman-Hunt, Violet Kindel Stickgold, Finnian Skuldt and Emlin Skuldt Evans. Donations in Frank's memory may be sent to the Sierra Club via A Service will be held at a later date.

Published by Boston Globe from Jul. 19 to Jul. 21, 2019.
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I will miss seeing his sweet, happy, smiling face as he played with - and I danced along to - the Second Line Social Aid and Pleasure Society Brass Band.
bonnie hale
August 1, 2019
I was very fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with Frank. I learned a lot from him, and had a great time doing it. Not only was he an outstanding economist and a talented trumpet player, he was a great guy to hang out with. He will be missed and well remembered.
Kevin Noone
July 31, 2019
So sad to learn. What an admirable human being, with a very strong social conscience, brilliant cutting-edge economist, and a remarkably passionate advocate for taking action on the mega-perils confronting humanity. Frank will be sorely missed.
Michael P Totten
July 30, 2019
Frank was a very talented person who understood that a gifted intellectual is obligated to teach others.
He did this in his many diverse activities that reached so many


Robert M. Nelson
Pasadena CA
July 23, 2019
Fond memories of working with Frank in NAM. Please accept my condolences and deepest sympathies.
Steve Tarzynski
July 22, 2019
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