Ackerman was chairman emeritus of Ackerman McQueen advertising agency, which he bought in 1954 and helped build into the largest advertising agency in the state and is ranked among the top U.S. agencies.
Ackerman served 35 years of active and reserve duty in the U.S. Naval Reserve, became a Rear Admiral and served as National President of the Naval Reserve Association.
“Ray Ackerman's passion for Oklahoma City was second to none,” Downes said. “We will all miss his extraordinary vision, determination and dedication to his community.”