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Raymond Edward Ackerman
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Birth: Oct. 29, 1929
South Carolina, USA
Death: May 26, 2011
Lexington County
South Carolina, USA

Dr. Raymond E. Ackerman of Orangeburg passed away suddenly in his home on Thursday, May 26, 2011.

He was born in Holly Hill to the late Bessie Kizer Ackerman and Nelson D. Ackerman. Beloved husband of Maxine Walters Ackerman for 59 years. He grew up in Moncks Corner and graduated from Clemson University. He was an honor graduate of the Medical University of South Carolina, where he also did his residency in psychiatry.

Dr. Ackerman was a former director of Charleston County Mental Health Clinic, deputy commissioner for the S.C. Department of Mental Health for Community Mental Health Services for 15 years. During his tenure the number of community mental health centers increased from one to 17. He served as psychiatric services chief for TriCounty Mental Health Center in Bennettsville, director of the Rose Centre at the Regional Medical Center in Orangeburg, and special consultant for Medicare certification program for NIMH.

Dr. Ackerman was a pioneer in the field of autism, receiving the Professional of the Year award from the National Society for Autistic Children in 1975. In 1981, the S.C. Society for Autistic Children named their award Raymond E. Ackerman Professional of the Year. He was honored Distinguished Life Fellow by the American Psychiatric Association in 2003. He was a member of Alpha Omega Alpha (Honor Medical Society).

He was an active church member, serving as deacon in five different churches, and teaching Sunday school for a number of years. Most recently, he served as a volunteer counselor for 15 years at First Baptist Church of Orangeburg, where he was a member.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Nelson D. and Bessie Kiser Ackerman; a daughter, Sharon Jill Ackerman Gleaton; and a brother, William N. Ackerman. In addition to his wife, he is survived by his son, Edward Stephen Ackerman; two daughters, Lyn Ackerman Polk and Janice Ackerman Williams; his grandchildren, Wendy Price, Ryan Williams, Laura Rushing, Daniel Rushing, Rebekah Ackerman, Joseph Ackerman, Rachel Ackerman, John Ackerman, James Ackerman, Ruthanne Ackerman and Rose Ackerman; seven great-grandchildren; a number of nieces and nephews; and a very treasured 103-year-old mother-in-law, Carline Clemmons Walters.

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday at First Baptist Church of Orangeburg. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday at Dukes-Harley Funeral Home, Orangeburg. There will be a private family burial at Memorial Park Cemetery.
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  Nelson D. Ackerman (1901 - 1977)
  Bessie K. Ackerman (1906 - 2006)
  Sharon Jill Ackerman Gleaton (1960 - 2008)*
*Calculated relationship
Memorial Park Cemetery
Orangeburg County
South Carolina, USA
Created by: Paulette
Record added: May 28, 2011
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Raymond Edward Ackerman
Added by: Paulette
Raymond Edward Ackerman
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 Added: May. 28, 2011

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