Robert B. Ackerburg joined the merchant marine during the Second World War, and attended the Kings Point Merchant Marine Academy. In August, 1945, he boarded the M/V Cape Beale , a ship owned by the Lykes Brothers Steamship Company, for a journey to East Asia. By December 1945, the ship had reached Venezuela, and over the course of the next eleven months it traveled to Trinidad; Brazil; South Africa; Singapore; China; the Philippines; Papua, New Guinea; Panama; and back to the United States. Ackerburg served as a second officer during the voyage. After this journey, Ackerburg served in the United States Navy during the Korean War and attained the rank of lieutenant commander. Ackerburg maintained a love of ships and seagoing all his life, and eventually worked in marine insurance brokerage. He married a woman named Mary Louise and they had two children: Aleda L. Ackerburg and Adam B. Ackerburg. Robert B. Ackerburg died in May 2008.
Suzanne "Suki" Rochford (September 2, 1926-April 10, 2008) studied at Goucher College in Maryland during the 1940s. Around 1951, she married William D. Rogers, who was a top adviser to Henry Kissinger during the 1970s. The couple had two sons: William D. Rogers and Daniel R. Rogers.