Statements on the recent deaths of former SEARHC Board members Isabella Brady and Leonard Kato
SEARHC mourns passing of Isabella Brady of Sitka
SITKA, April 24, 2012 — The following is a statement from the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) regarding the death last week of former SEARHC Board Member Isabella Brady in Anchorage.
“It is with great sorrow that we learned about the death early Wednesday morning (April 18) of Isabella Brady, who passed away at the Alaska Native Medical Center after falling in her Sitka home on Monday. She represented Sitka Tribe of Alaska on the SEARHC Board of Directors in 1986 and was a longtime STA tribal council member. Isabella, who was Raven and Kik.sadi, was 88 when she died. She was a key Native leader in Sitka, serving as president of the Alaska Native Sisterhood Camp No. 4 for decades, including this year. She also was a culture-bearer, helping launch the Sitka Native Education Program and working with Sitka schools to make sure Native culture was included in the curriculum. Isabella also was a teacher and coach at Mt. Edgecumbe High School, a leader in the Presbyterian Church, a trustee at Sheldon Jackson College, a member of the Alaska Native Education Board, and a board member of the American Association of Retired People. She was twice recognized in the annual Sitkans Against Family Violence Honoring Women dinner (in 1999 and 2010). The SEARHC Gunaanastí Bill Brady Healing Center residential substance abuse treatment center is named for her late husband, who was a long-time chemical dependency counselor at SEARHC. In 1991, Isabella was listed in the National Women’s Hall of Fame’s Book of Lives and Legacies after being nominated by her Sitka Women’s Club colleagues. ANS and cultural services were held for Isabella on Tuesday, April 24, in Sitka, and her funeral services were on Wednesday, April. 25. We thank Isabella for her years of service to our community and we send our condolences to the Brady family.”
SEARHC mourns death of Leonard Kato of Klawock
KLAWOCK, April 24, 2012 — The following is a statement from the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) regarding the death last week of former SEARHC Board Member Leonard Kato in Anchorage.
“Last week, SEARHC learned of the passing of Leonard Kato, who represented the Klawock Cooperative Association on the SEARHC Board of Directors from 1996 to 2009. While on the SEARHC Board, Leonard served on the Bylaw, Audit/Finance and Governance committees. Over the years, Leonard also held several offices with the Klawock Cooperative Association, including president and vice president, and also served with the Central Council of Tlingít and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska, and as president with the Klawock Heenya Corp. Leonard was known for his kind manner and gentle humor. Leonard passed away on Sunday, April 15, at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage. He was 75. A memorial service took place on Monday, April 23, at the Klawock School Gym. Through his work, Leonard was a big friend to SEARHC and the Tlingít, Haida and Tsimshian people of Southeast Alaska. We thank Leonard for his years of service to our community and we send our condolences to the Kato family.”