Abdon Daoud Ackad Sr., 82, who photographer Supreme Court justices, presidents and their families and foreign heads of state during nearly 60 years as a portrait photographer here, died Wednesday at Suburban Hospital after a stroke. He lived in Bethesda.
Born in Zahle, Lebanon, Mr. Ackad came to Washington with his family at age 9. At age 13, he started work as an unpaid photographic apprentice for a man who taught and trained him. Nine months later, he began earning a weekly salary of $3.50, enough to pay half the family food budget.
He attended high school during the day and the Corcoran School of Art at night.
In 1929, because he specialized in portraits, he joined the staff of Harris and Ewing as a retouch artist. He was head photographer, production manager and art director when he resigned 19 years later to establish his own studio. He operated the Ackad Photographic Studio on Connecticut Avenue until his retirement in 1971.
Mr. Ackad's favorite clients included General of the Army Douglas MacArthur, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor and the late Sen. Robert A. Taft (R-Ohio), whose portrait was used for a commemorative stamp.
He also photographed the Supreme Court, noted members of the clergy, prominent Washington families, and U.S. presidents from Wilson to Franklin D. Roosevelt. His portrait of FDR was used for the engraving of the Roosevelt dime.
In 1932, Eleanor Roosevelt called him to Hyde Park, N.Y., to take her official inaugural photograph.
Mr. Ackad was a member of the Council of the Photographers' Association of America, the Professional and the Rotary Club of Washington. He attended Pilgrim Lutheran Church in Bethesda.
His wife, the former Janet LaMoitte, died in 1971.
Survivors include a son, Abdon D. Jr., and a sister, Adele, both of Bethesda.