Brother Rice Phil Akers Air Force

FAA Dedicates Conference Room to Philip J. Akers ’61

Alexandria, VA- The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is dedicating a conference room in memory of Philip J. Akers. The dedication is being held at the FAA offices in Washington D.C. on September 10, 2014 at 1 p.m. He served over 35 years with the Department of Transportation in Aircraft Certification Services.

“I have a good feeling about my contribution to aviation safety by working with aircraft manufacturers and aviation stakeholders to improve our safety management system and developing safety standards and overseeing our design and certification programs,” said Phil Akers on January 2, 2004 at his retirement party.

After graduating from Brother Rice High School in Chicago, IL. and Michigan State as a mechnanical engineer, Phil became a pilot in the United States Airforce. He flew C130 airplanes in Vietnam and eventually retired as a Lieutenant Colonel Reserve in 2003.

Phil has lived in the Washington D.C./Alexandria area for the over 30 years and resided in the Rivergate community where he served on various committees. He was also a member of the Daingerfield Sailing Club and was the owner of two boats the Panacea and Split Decision. The Daingerfield club will be honoring Phil with an impact/comrade award at the end of this year’s sailing season. Phil had many hobbies, including swimming & scuba diving, playing racket ball & handball at the Pentagon Athletic Club, riding his motorcycle and creating wood furniture.

I’m so proud to be my dad’s daughter because of the impact he had on many people’s live, both in his professional and his personal life. He knew how to bring people together and was a good teacher and explorer. I will continue to remember him through my children by teaching them about planes & boats and discussing the weather, maps, & the stars,” said his youngest daughter, Coleen Krause.

At age 71, Phil passed away suddenly on May 20, 2014 and is survived by his brother, Dr. Paul Akers ‘63 of Glenview, IL and his three daughters, Veronica Toton, Bernadine (Bunny) Schott and Coleen Krause of Illinois. He will be missed by his grandchildren and sailing friends and his coworkers from theFAA.

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