Morgan Solomon Being Remembered as Passionate Defender of Iñupiat Lifestyle and Culture
Elder passed away over the weekend at the age of 80
Arctic Slope Regional Corporation is remembering elder Morgan Anniqsuaq Solomon as a dedicated husband, father and grandfather. He passed away at Fairbanks Memorial Hospital on Sunday, September 20, at the age of 80, surrounded by his family. Solomon grew up in the North Slope community of Wainwright but spent considerable time in Barrow where he was a member of the George Ahmaogak Sr. Whaling Crew. He also served on the ASRC board of directors from 1980 to 1982. Solomon later moved to the Interior.
“Passing down the traditional knowledge as an Iñupiat Eskimo to his children and grandchildren was very important to Solomon,” said Rex A. Rock Sr., ASRC president and CEO. “Our deepest condolences go out to the Solomon family, especially Julia, his wife of more than 50 years and his children Edward, Alexander, Margaret, and Kate Mary.”
Solomon served in the U.S. Army from 1954 to 1960 and in the Alaska Territorial Guard throughout the 1960s.
Arctic Slope Regional Corporation is owned by and represents the business interests of the Arctic Slope Iñupiat. Since opening enrollment in 1989 to Alaska Natives born after 1971, the corporation’s shareholder base has nearly tripled, growing from the 3,700 original enrollees to around 12,000 today. Corporate headquarters are based in Barrow, Alaska, with administrative and subsidiary offices located in Anchorage and throughout the United States. ASRC, along with its family of companies, is the largest Alaskan-owned company, employing approximately 10,000 people worldwide. The company has six major business segments: petroleum refining and marketing, energy support services, industrial services, construction, government services and resource development.