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Akers, Milbur Pete (Died on 27 May 1970)
appeared in Wilmette Life (Wilmette, Illinois), 1 Jun 1970, p. 10

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Services held Friday for Milburn P. Akers/ Services for Milburn P. (Pete) Akers, 70, president of Shimer College (Mount Carroll) were held Friday in the MacMurray College chapel in Jacksonville, Ill. He was killed Wednesday when the car he was driving collided with a truck near Lincoln Ill. He had moved from Wilmette to 930 Hinman Av., Evanston about three years ago. Mr. Akers had been visiting his gravely ill sister, Miriam, in Hopedale, Ill. and was enroute to Springfield to lobby for state financial aid to private colleges when the accident occurred. He was executive director of the Federation of Independent Illinois Colleges and Universities. (Miss Akers died a few hours before her brother's death.) Mr. Akers was editor of the Chicago Sun-Times newspaper from 1959 until his retirement in 1965. Mr. Akers became president of Shimer in 1968. An Illinois native, he began his 42-year newspaper career as a reporter on the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. He worked for the Illinois State Register in Springfield, the Associated Press, was press secretary to Gov. [damaged] Horner, and as an assistant to U.S. Interior Secretary Harold Ickes before joining the Chicago Sun when it was founded in [damaged]. Following the Sun's merger with the Chicago Times, Mr. Akers was named managing editor of the Sun-Times in [damaged] and executive editor in 1950. Mr. Akers was chairman of the board of trustees of his alma mater, McKendree College, in Lebanon, Ill. and had previously served as trustee of [damaged] College. His great-grandfather the Rev. Peter Akers, was the principal founder of [damaged] and the first president of McKendree. He was also a trustee of Xavier College in Chicago and served as a director of the American Society of Newspaper Editors and as a member of the Illinois Board of Higher Education. Surviving are his wife, [damaged], a daughter, Judith Ann of Evanston, a librarian at Noyes School and three brothers, Edward, Joseph, and J. Wilson. Burial was in Diamond [damaged] Cemetery, Jacksonville. Donations may be made to the library building at McKedree College in lieu of flowers.

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Date of Publication:
1 Jun 1970
Date Of Event:
27 May 1970
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  • Illinois, United States
    Latitude: 42.07225 Longitude: -87.72284
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Akers, Milbur Pete (Died on 27 May 1970)