Chapter Grand

William B. Ackley ’55 entered Chapter Grand on April 18, in Port Townsend, Washington, where he had lived on his own in a waterfront condo until moving in with his daughter and son-in-law a few days before his death. Once at his daughter’s home, hospice facilitated his care, and he enjoyed a final chocolate cream pie before passing on with family members beside his bed. He was married to his wife, Margaret (Bobby) Clark for 69 years, whom he met while attending Kansas State College (now University); she preceded him in death in 2010. He is survived by his son, Richard, and his daughter, Kyanne Anderson, both of Port Townsend; a grandson, a granddaughter, and a great-granddaughter; and a sister, Marilyn (Ruth) Frydendall, of Ellenwood, Kansas. After graduating from Kansas State College in 1940, Bill and Bobby married in 1941. At the start of World War II, he joined the U.S. Navy and served as an aerial photographer. After the war, he returned to Kansas State, where he received his master’s degree in horticulture, which later took him to WSU in 1947 when he accepted an assistantship. In 1948, Bill joined WSU’s horticulture faculty, where he served as the department chairman from 1964-74, and worked for a total of 35 years before retiring in 1983. He helped mentor the WSU FarmHouse Club prior to chartering, and he was initiated as a FarmHouse associate member alongside the charter members in 1955. Bill was the president of the FarmHouse Building Corporation when the chapter house opened in 1960.

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