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Robert Lauren Acker
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In memory of
Robert Lauren Acker
Acker, Robert Lauren 49 Mar. 29, 1965 Nov. 10, 2014 Robert Lauren Acker, 49, of Redwood City, Calif., passed away unexpectedly Nov. 10, 2014, while on an afternoon run near his home. Robert was born March 29, 1965, in Hartford, Conn., to Dr. Robert and Bonnie Acker. He graduated as valedictorian of his class at Wilson High School in Portland in 1983. With a four-year ROTC scholarship, Robert earned a B.S. in Aeronautical and Astronomical Engineering from MIT in 1987. He subsequently earned an M.S. in Aeronautical and Astronomical Engineering from MIT in 1988, and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School in 1994. Robert also was an officer in the U.S. Air Force Reserves. Robert's distinguished career in aeronautics and high tech communications spanned 20 years. From 1994 to1996, he was vice president and general manager of Aurora Flight Sciences, where he secured contracts with NASA to build an unmanned research aircraft. From 1997 to 2004, he was one of the first employees and founding vice presidents of XM Satellite Radio, where he developed MyFi, the first portable satellite radio receiver, and secured a patent for key features standard in most portable satellite radios used today. Two Harvard Business School case studies were written about Robert's experience writing the XM business plan and launching the service, both of which are taught at business schools around the country. From 2004 to 2006, he was vice president of music services for RealNetworks. From 2006 to 2008, he was senior vice president of marketing for Dash Navigation, where he launched the company's first product. From 2008 to 2010, he was vice president and general manager of Aha Radio, where he built and led the worldwide team that created the industry-leading automotive cloud platform. Most recently, he was president and CEO of Seek Thermal, a company that recently unveiled its smartphone accessory that enables people to "see heat" through high quality thermal imaging. Robert was a dedicated husband and father. As a black belt martial artist and an accomplished Eagle Scout, Robert was an active volunteer in his son's Boy Scout troop and frequently coached youth basketball. Robert is survived by his wife of 20 years, Gigi; son, Grant; daughter, Rebecca; parents, Dr. Robert and Bonnie Acker of Newberg; brother and wife, Randy and Erin Acker of Portland; sister and husband, Jennie and Karl Harrop of Sherwood; nephews, Carson, Riley and Miles; nieces, Eden, Ella, Josie, Mattie, Piper and Emily; and 100-year-old grandmother, Jean Acker of Wilsonville. A California memorial service was held Friday, Nov. 14, 2014, at Menlo Park Presbyterian Church. An Oregon memorial service and interment will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, Dec. 22, 2014, at Calvin Presbyterian Church in Tigard. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to either Pacific Skyline Council (CA) or Cascade Pacific Council (OR) of the Boy Scouts of America.
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In memory of
Robert Lauren Acker
Acker, Robert Lauren 49 Mar. 29, 1965 Nov. 10, 2014 Robert Lauren Acker, 49, of Redwood City, Calif., passed away unexpectedly Nov. 10, 2014, while on an afternoon run near his home. Robert was born March 29, 1965, in Hartford, Conn., to Dr. Robert and Bonnie Acker. He graduated as valedictorian of his class at Wilson High School in Portland in 1983. With a four-year ROTC scholarship, Robert earned a B.S. in Aeronautical and Astronomical Engineering from MIT in 1987. He subsequently earned an M.S. in Aeronautical and Astronomical Engineering from MIT in 1988, and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School in 1994. Robert also was an officer in the U.S. Air Force Reserves. Robert's distinguished career in aeronautics and high tech communications spanned 20 years. From 1994 to1996, he was vice president and general manager of Aurora Flight Sciences, where he secured contracts with NASA to build an unmanned research aircraft. From 1997 to 2004, he was one of the first employees and founding vice presidents of XM Satellite Radio, where he developed MyFi, the first portable satellite radio receiver, and secured a patent for key features standard in most portable satellite radios used today. Two Harvard Business School case studies were written about Robert's experience writing the XM business plan and launching the service, both of which are taught at business schools around the country. From 2004 to 2006, he was vice president of music services for RealNetworks. From 2006 to 2008, he was senior vice president of marketing for Dash Navigation, where he launched the company's first product. From 2008 to 2010, he was vice president and general manager of Aha Radio, where he built and led the worldwide team that created the industry-leading automotive cloud platform. Most recently, he was president and CEO of Seek Thermal, a company that recently unveiled its smartphone accessory that enables people to "see heat" through high quality thermal imaging. Robert was a dedicated husband and father. As a black belt martial artist and an accomplished Eagle Scout, Robert was an active volunteer in his son's Boy Scout troop and frequently coached youth basketball. Robert is survived by his wife of 20 years, Gigi; son, Grant; daughter, Rebecca; parents, Dr. Robert and Bonnie Acker of Newberg; brother and wife, Randy and Erin Acker of Portland; sister and husband, Jennie and Karl Harrop of Sherwood; nephews, Carson, Riley and Miles; nieces, Eden, Ella, Josie, Mattie, Piper and Emily; and 100-year-old grandmother, Jean Acker of Wilsonville. A California memorial service was held Friday, Nov. 14, 2014, at Menlo Park Presbyterian Church. An Oregon memorial service and interment will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, Dec. 22, 2014, at Calvin Presbyterian Church in Tigard. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to either Pacific Skyline Council (CA) or Cascade Pacific Council (OR) of the Boy Scouts of America.
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