Herbert W. "Bill" Acker, a retired Price Waterhouse Coopers LLD regional managing partner, died Friday of kidney cancer at his Stone House Farm in Churchville. He was 70.
Herbert William Acker — who was known as H. William "Bill" Acker — was the son of a Ford-New Holland worker and a postmistress. He was born and raised in Intercourse, Pa., where he graduated from Pequea High School.
After earning a bachelor's degree in 1963 in accounting from Lebanon Valley College, he began his accounting career at Price Waterhouse in New York City.
Drafted later that year into the Army, Mr. Acker served for two years with the Signal Corps in communications in Southeast Asia, until being discharged in 1965.
He returned to his job with Price Waterhouse, which selected him in 1970 to attend its International Exchange Program. While working in London and Birmingham, he pursued postgraduate studies at St. John's College at Oxford University.
From 1978 to 1980, he participated in the company's Partners International Program while working in its Hong Kong office and maintaining a home in Fallston.
He was promoted in 1982 to managing partner of the Baltimore office of Price Waterhouse, and seven years later was named regional managing partner for the company's Chesapeake Region, which included Maryland, Washington and Virginia.
Mr. Acker served on several medical and educational boards, including as chairman of the Kennedy Krieger Institute, where he later became director emeritus.
He had been on the board and chaired the finance committee of Upper Chesapeake Health System and had been on the board of Upper Chesapeake/University of Maryland Medical system.
Mr. Acker had been a director and chairman of the finance committee of Harford Community College Foundation and a board officer and chairman of the finance committee of Harford Day School.
He was also on the board of St. Paul's School in Brooklandville, and was a former board member of the Franklin P. Purdue School of Business at Salisbury University.
Mr. Acker enjoyed hunting, golfing and bridge and spending time at a second home in Ocean City.
He was a member of the Center Club and the Maryland Golf and Country Club in Bel Air.
Mr. Acker was a communicant of Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 303 N. Main St., Bel Air, where funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday.
Surviving are his wife of 47 years, the former Carolyn Gibson; two sons, John C. Acker of Hunt Valley and Peter K. Acker of Forest Hill; and four grandsons.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun