Wakefield Faculty/Staff Deceased: In Memoriam

Marjorie M Doman Acker Kaiser
b: 12/8/1933     d: 11/6/2010

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Marjorie Acker MRS. MARJORIE ACKER, English III; Beta Tri-Hi-Y
The Courier-Journal, Louisville, Kentucky, on November 21, 2010

Marjorie Acker obituaryMarjorie M. (Doman) Kaiser, unexpectedly passed away on November 6, 2010, in Montpellier, France, while on vacation with her son and daughter-in-law.

Marjorie was born in 1933 in Alton, Illinois, to a large family, and from an early age she loved learning and especially the power of the written word.  She excelled in theater, literature, and Spanish at Illinois State University, and taught middle and high school in Sydney, Illinois, Tucson, Arizona, and Arlington, Virginia, eventually becoming a supervisor of instruction.  She continued her career at Virginia Tech University in Blacksburg, Virginia, earning both an M.A. and Ed.D.  She received numerous University Awards for Teaching Excellence and an Outstanding Alumna Award from Virginia Tech.

In 1977, she joined the Education Department at the University of Louisville, where she taught as full professor until retirement in 2002.  In 1981, she co-founded the Louisville Writing Project-a branch of the National Writing Project-whose motto "teachers teaching teachers" reflects the collaborative and deeply personal approaches she valued in education.

While at the University of Louisville, she received the Red Apple Award for Outstanding Teaching (2000), was inducted into the Golden Key Society (1996), received the Distinguished Teaching Award (1987), and received the Kentucky Department of Education Recognition Award (1995).  Upon retiring, she was named Professor Emerita.

She served on the National Writing Project Advisory Board and with the National and Kentucky Councils of Teachers of English, and was an educational consultant with Jefferson County Public Schools and throughout the state and nation.  She co-authored a textbook on writing and self-expression, penned dozens of articles and reviews, and was a longtime contributor and editor on Adolescent Literature for the ALAN Review.

"Praise first" was Marjorie's rule in responding to others' efforts.  She helped hundreds of teachers to spread their wings and, through them, encouraged thousands of students to tell their stories and move the world through writing.  A great mentor, she brought insight, laughter, and love to all who knew her.

She cherished her family and delighted in reunions, correspondence, homemade theater, music and games.  Her friends from all walks of life remember her as a devoted listener and advisor, and a vivacious and generous companion.

She was preceded in death by sisters, Shirley Terry and Judith Gregs.

Marjorie is survived by her son, Gregory Acker (Brenda Wirth); brothers and sisters, Geraldine Judd, Lewis Doman (Joanne), Katherine Brandt, Patricia Wooley (Rich), Constance Duffield (Graham), Thomas Doman, David Doman (Virginia), Roger Doman (Vicki), and numerous nephews, nieces, and cousins.

A memorial service in Celebration of Marjorie's life will be 5-9 p.m. on Saturday, December 4th at the University of Louisville's University Club (Belknap Campus off Cardinal Blvd).  A Memory Book is being compiled and contributions may be sent to Gregory Acker, 518 E. Kentucky Street, Louisville, Kentucky 40203, or Gacker@aol.com.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Louisville Writing Project.

2011 Wakefield Class of 1960 and Wakefield Education Foundation (information@wakefieldalumni.org)