Sparkman/Hillcrest Funeral Home & Hillcrest Mausoleum & Memorial Park
7405 West Northwest Highway, Dallas, TX
Dr. Gary Edwin Ackerman
August 27, 1945 – June 16, 2019
Gary Edwin Ackerman, MD (Hannan Ben Sholomo) passed from this world on Sunday, June 16, 2019, Father’s Day, surrounded by his family at home in Dallas, Texas. He was born August 27, 1945, in Phoenix, Arizona, to Gertrude Cook and Sol Ackerman. After Gertrude’s passing in 1947, Sol married Sylvia Hordes, who raised Gary and his brothers Mark and David. After Sol passed away in 1953, they relocated to Jersey City, NJ, where the family was raised by Sylvia. Gary was the big brother, father figure, and persistent hard worker who went on to achieve amazing things in his life.
Gary graduated from Teaneck High School in 1963 and received a full scholarship to Columbia University in New York City. Gary graduated with highest honors from Columbia University in 1968 with a degree in pharmacy. He received his medical degree from the State University of New York Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine and completed his residency at Maimonides Medical Center in obstetrics and gynecology in Brooklyn, NY. After medical school, he served two years active military duty in the US Army at Fort Belvoir, VA. His fellowship in reproductive endocrinology at UT Southwestern brought him to Dallas, Texas, where he served as a clinical professor and practiced medicine for over forty years, including serving as the founding director of the Women’s Intermediate Care Center at Parkland Hospital. Gary was a Lieutenant Colonel in the US Army Reserves, which included an extended deployment to Germany during the first Gulf War. His many passions included cooking, season tickets at the Dallas Opera and Dallas Symphony, advocacy for victims of sexual assault, women’s reproductive health, travelling, and long-time membership at Congregation Beth Torah.
He married the love of his life, Ellen Saitz, in 1970 in Maplewood, NJ, and they were blessed with five children, Sara (deceased), Beth (Gerry Hoch), Joshua (Debra), Jennifer (Corey Helfand), and Benjamin. Gary was the proud Zayzay to 6 grandchildren: Noah, Ari, Eden, Matan, Jonah, and Eli. Of his many accomplishments, the greatest pride and joy came from his family. His bright spirit will continue to sparkle in the eyes of his beloved grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents and brothers, and his daughter Sara Michelle. He is mourned by his loving circle of cousins, friends, colleagues, and his loyal dog, Layla.
The funeral will be held on Wednesday, June 19, 2019, at 12:00pm at Sparkman Hillcrest chapel, followed by graveside burial located at 7405 W Northwest Hwy, Dallas, TX 75225. The family would like to thank the many members of Gary’s medical team for their devoted and skilled care through the duration of his illness.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to: Congregation Beth Torah, UT Southwestern Kidney Cancer Program or Victim Intervention Program at the Rape Crisis Center at Parkland Hospital.
- Funeral Service Wednesday, June 19, 2019
- Committal Service Wednesday, June 19, 2019
- Graveside Service Wednesday, June 19, 2019
Dr. Gary Edwin Ackerman
June 19, 2019
I was saddened to hear about Dr. Ackerman's passing. I am an ob-gyn nurse practitioner who worked in the UT Southwestern Medical Center/Parkland system for 16 years. Frequently Dr. Ackerman would be our supervising physician at the outlying women's clinics. It took a while for him to warm up to me but when he did I discovered what an interesting and smart man he was. It was a pleasure working with him. I learned a lot from him. He will be missed by all.
June 18, 2019
Michael and I were saddened to hear of Gary’s passing. May his soul be guided to heaven on angel wings. Beth, May your fond memories and deep love for your father give you solace at this time, knowing that he is no longer in pain. He will always be with you, in your mind and your heart and in your spirit. Rest in Peace
June 17, 2019
We (Shawn and Abbie Ghose) are so sorry to hear of Gary's passing.
We have fond memories of Tia, Shawn and I celebrating Shabbat with Ellen and Gary at Beth Torah. We will always remember your family's kindness when we first arrived in Dallas and how you asked us to celebrate Friday night dinner with your family. Shawn loved chatting with Gary and was always made to feel welcome.
May your family find peace in his memory.
Abbie and Shawn Ghose
June 17, 2019
Dear Beth, Gerry and extended family,
Please accept my sincere condolences on the passing of your dear father, father in law and grandfather.
I am sure that these days will be difficult for you all. I pray that your memories of better times will help you and may you all enjoy long and healthy lives. May you know no more sorrow.