Remembering "Mrs. A" - Lois Ackerman

Members of the Oregon Law community are mourning the loss of a longtime administrator and generous friend of the school. Lois Ackerman passed away Thursday, January 8, 2009, of a sudden heart attack.

Ackerman joined Oregon Law in 1943 as secretary to Dean Wayne Morse and acting Dean Orlando Hollis. Known affectionately as "Mrs. A," Ackerman, the dean, and a faculty secretary comprised the entire law school administration at the time of her hiring.

Mrs. A spent 50 years at the law school, serving in several different capacities including assistant dean, registrar, admissions officer, recorder, executive assistant, and student counselor. Throughout her time at the law school, Mrs. A served six deans and thousands of students while watching Oregon Law transform into a statewide and national leader in legal education. Mrs. A retired from the law school in 1993.

In 2001, Mrs. A. and Ray received the law school's Meritorious Service Award for their generous contributions to the life of Oregon Law. At the ceremony, former dean and Professor Emeritus Eugene Scoles noted that Mrs. A, "spent 50 years as the most important non-lawyer in the lives of a half century of Oregon law graduates.".

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VIDEOS of Mrs. A

Professor Jim Mooney and Dean Margie Paris surprise Mrs. Ackerman with the announcement that the Class of 1978 endowed a scholarship on behalf of Lois and Ray Ackerman. The Law School then elected to name the Lois and Ray Ackerman Scholarship as its General Scholarship Fund. (October 10, 2008)  Click here for photos of this event!

Former Dean Orlando Hollis speaks at Lois Ackerman retirement party - Oct 12, 1993 (Part 1 of 8)

Eugene Scoles speaks at Lois Ackerman retirement party - Oct 12, 1993 (Part 2 of 8)

Former Dean Chapin Clark speaks at Lois Ackerman retirement - Oct 12, 1993 (Part 3 of 8)

Former Deans Derek Bell and Maury Holland address Lois Ackerman at her retirement party - Oct 12, 1993 (Part 4 of 8)

President Dave Frohnmayer speaks at Lois Ackerman's retirement party - Oct 12, 1993 (5 of 8)

Caroline Forell presents a gift to Lois Ackerman at her retirement party - Oct 12, 1993 (Pt. 6 of 8)

Shirley Dotson, former administrator, sings "Your Way" to "Mrs. A" - Oct.12, 1993 (Pt. 7 0f 8)
Lois Ackerman is visited by a "bag lady" (Pearl Morgan) and Shirley Temple (Shirley Dotson) - Oct 12, 1993 (Pt. 8 of 8)
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