Pacific Science Center


In Memory Of Ginger Ackerley

Ginger AckerleyWe remember, honor, and express deep gratitude for Ginger Ackerley, Director Emerita, longtime supporter, volunteer, and pillar of the Pacific Science Center community. She passed away on January 5, 2018.

Ginger joined the Board of Directors of Pacific Science Center in 1987. She served as Chair and Co-Chair of the Festival of the Fountains for several years, participated on several committees, and became President of the Board in 1994.

Her service and commitment to Pacific Science Center extended far beyond her involvement on the Board. She and her family provided substantial and enduring support to elements of the Science Center that are vital to serving our mission. Ginger was the driver behind the campaign to fund the addition of the Boeing IMAX Theater and the adjoining space that became the Ackerley Family Exhibit Gallery and the Tropical Butterfly House. These spaces have become essential parts of any visit to the Science Center.

“Ginger was a quiet force to be reckoned with. We need more engaged, impactful women like her,” said Adriane Brown, Board Chair.

Phil Condit, Director Emeritus, said, “There are people and relationships you deeply treasure, and Ginger and her husband Barry Ackerley were one of those. They’ve done amazing things for our community. They cared deeply about Seattle and have left an incredible legacy. Both what they did and what their family has done is really, really special.”

“Ginger was a terrific and inspirational supporter of Pacific Science Center! Ginger and her family were often seen providing valuable leadership in the Center’s many efforts to raise support and awareness in the community,” said Jim Warjone, Director Emeritus. “Her sense of style, clever humor and tireless efforts on behalf of children’s education in the sciences will be greatly missed but not forgotten!”

Marlene Durbin, Director Emerita, said, “Her leadership and generous support helped PSC to build the Boeing IMAX Theater, remodel the Arches to function again, and many other needed projects. Pacific Science Center has lost a good friend.”

Diane Carlson, former Vice President of Guest Services, recalls the leadership and personality that Ginger brought to projects. “I remember during the ground breaking ceremony of the Boeing IMAX Theater, Ginger got atop of the bulldozer with her hardhat on for photos. She was instrumental in the construction of this highly-regarded theater,” said Diane.

Will Daugherty, President & CEO, conveyed his appreciation for Ginger and her many contributions. “All of us at Pacific Science Center mourn the loss of Ginger Ackerley. We offer our sincere condolences to her family and many friends. We are deeply grateful for the tremendous impact that Ginger had on this institution. Her passion for the Science Center was deep and enduring. Our facility, programs, and presence in the community are stronger thanks to Ginger and her family. We will miss her, remember her fondly, and ensure that her legacy lives on in our work,” said Will.