Transformation Center


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Karl Ackerman

Karl Ackerman, Board President of The Transformation Center, passed away on November 21, 2009.

Karl’s Obituary:

ACKERMAN, Karl Bruce Of Medford,Nov. 21, 2009.  Loving Father of Michael D. Ackerman of Cambridge, Rebecca A. and her husband Jorge Rene Serra and Jared E. Ackerman all of Medford. Brother of Robert A. Ackerman of Annapolis, Maryland and Susan L. Ackerman of New York City. Son of the late Thurston F. and Margaret M. (Albo) Ackerman Jr. Former husband of Leslie Kramer of Medford. Late graduate of Medford High School, Class of 1964. Late veteran of the U.S. Navy , served in Vietnam and with the 5th fleet in the Mediterranean. For many years he was active with the Mental Health Advocacy and the Veterans Affairs. Most recently he was president of the Transformation Center, Roxbury, MA.

In lieu of flowers contributions in his memory may be made to The Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation, P.O. Box 414238, Boston, MA 02241-4238. At Karl’s request , services and internment were private. Cincotti Funeral Home, MEDFORD MA 781-395-4638


Words of Loving Remembrance

Karl, you and your mighty, mighty work with us will be so missed! Much of the work you did I can’t even wrap my brain around it…

But wait, you left the hospital on Saturday? I know, I know, you just had to get to that Board Meeting didn’t you!! Peace and Blessings always.



Karl rocked my world, doesn’t he rock? He is an ox – in the best sense of the word.

Karl talked to me, and probably more than a few of you, about the 10 Ox-Herder Pictures that depict a Japanese Zen tradition of enlightenment as it unfolds in the person — yes Karl the consummate renaissance man.

Here’s a little quotation from one version:
“He cannot stop loving the fragrant grasses; his stubborn will is still strong and a wild spirit remains.”

Karl’s wild spirit and sheer, refined and powerful, ox-like will made us infinitely stronger because of all the foundation stones he has carried and laid down for so many peer communities —

We are now basking in the glow of his contributions toward a compassionate world on this earth – I will miss him terribly.

Deborah Delman