Ellsworth G. Acker, 86, chemist

September 23, 2006

Ellsworth G. Acker, a retired chemist, died of cancer Sept. 13 at Carroll Hospital Center in Westminster. The Taylorsville resident was 86.

Born in Kokomo, Ind., and raised in Northeast Baltimore's Hamilton section, he was a 1938 graduate of City College. He earned a bachelor's degree in physical science at the University of Maryland.

In 1943, Mr. Ellsworth joined the Navy and served as a captain aboard an amphibious craft in the Pacific.

After the war, he earned a second bachelor's degree in chemistry at the Johns Hopkins University and became a chemist at W.R. Grace. He worked in silica and silicate research, held 20 patents and wrote scientific articles on his findings.

He later received another degree, in biology, from what is now Towson University, and retired from Barre-National Pharmaceutical Co. in 1985.

He enjoyed sailing the Chesapeake Bay, hiking, nature studies and model railroading. For the past 20 years, he had been a water-quality volunteer at Piney Run Reservoir.

Services were held Sept. 16.

Survivors include his wife of 22 years, the former Grace Crofts Parker, and a sister, Lucille Houck of Martinsburg, W.Va.

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