Jay Ackerman, for sixteen years treasurer of the American Iris Society, died September 30, 1983. A member of AIS since 1948, he had served as RVP of Region 6 from 1953-1955 and in 1954 was named to the national Board of Directors. From 1958-1959 he was chairman of the Awards Committee, and in 1960 he became treasurer of the society, a post he held until 1976.
A native of Michigan, Mr. Ackerman was a graduate of Michigan State University with a BS in civil engineering. He was a registered professional engineer and retired in 1967 as plant manager for the Mississippi Valley Structural Steel Corporation at Lansing.
Preceded in death by his wife Marion, he is survived by his daughter, Marjorie Thrun, and three grandchildren, Karen Hildreth, Susan Thrun and Richard Thrun.
In appreciation for his many years of service to the society, Mr. Ackerman received the Distinguished Service Medal in 1964 and in 1976 was awarded the seldom-given AIS Gold Medal. [AIS Bulletin #252 (Jan 1984), p.68.