Lindenwood University-Belleville recently held the dedication of the Alice E. Ackermann Welcome Center, honoring the late Belleville resident, teacher, and musician, Alice Ackermann.
“It’s truly fitting to honor Mrs. Ackermann in this way because music was such an important part of her life,” said Campus President Brett Barger. “Alice impacted so many young people’s lives, which is very much akin to the mission of our university. We are grateful to name this space in her honor.”
According to her son, Bill Ackermann of Belleville, Mrs. Ackermann was a humble woman with many talents who was well known around the Belleville community for her work, especially as a piano instructor for young people.
“Mom was very active in her church, Hope United Church of Christ, and served as the chief organist and music director for many years,” said Ackermann. “She taught piano to hundreds of students for over 60 years and was still teaching a few students when she died in 1989. She was also very involved with the Belleville Women’s Club, the Daughters of the Nile, the Dewey School Kitchen Band, the Eastern Star, and the Belleville Black Knights Booster Club. On Friday evenings, she could be heard playing the organ or piano at the Wishbone Restaurant, Bel-Air, or the Elks Club. She had an impact on so many people’s lives.”
Originally from Chicago, Alice Ackermann attended the Chicago Conservatory of Music and Dramatic Arts, where she graduated with a teaching certificate in 1928. In 1935, she married Norman F. Ackermann of Belleville and lived in the area for the rest of her life. At one point, she accompanied the famous singer, composer, and actor Mel Torme.
The Alice E. Ackermann Welcome Center is adjacent to the Lindenwood Auditorium, which is home to special events and performances by community organizations and Lindenwood University-Belleville students.
Cutline: Lindenwood University-Belleville held recently the dedication of the Alice E. Ackermann Welcome Center, honoring the late Belleville resident, teacher, and musician, Alice Ackermann. Pictured from left are her surviving family members: Michael Riley, grandson-in-law; Tiffany Riley, granddaughter; Ella Riley, great granddaughter; Noah Riley, great grandson; Judy Ackermann, daughter-in-law; Dr. Jack Ackermann, son; Bill Ackermann, son; Dr. Andrea Frazier, daughter-in-law; Tara Frazier Maupin, step granddaughter; and Melissa Frazier Gaitan, step granddaughter.