Treadwell Expresses Condolences at Passing of Walt Parker
June 26, 2014, Anchorage, AK – Lieutenant Governor Mead Treadwell expressed condolences to the family and friends of Walter B. Parker, aged 87, who passed away in Anchorage, AK yesterday.
Parker was instrumental in shaping major federal legislation, including the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act of 1971, the Trans-Alaska Pipeline Authorization Act of 1973, the National Fisheries Act of 1976 (now known as the Magnuson-Stevens Act), the Alaska National Interest Lands and Conservation Act of 1980, and the Oil Pollution Act of 1990.
”From the trap lines to both ends of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline, Walt will be missed,” Treadwell said. “Walt worked hard to make sure we develop our state and protect its environment. He was a powerful figure in pushing for Arctic infrastructure, research, and safe shipping.
“I remember him standing up for Alaska’s rights during the Alaska lands battle of the late 70’s and early 80’s. I remember him in several leadership roles after Exxon Valdez, working to prevent such a tragedy from ever happening again. Most of all, I remember him as a mentor, and a friend.”
He and Treadwell shared many common interests, and a common vision for Alaska’s role in Arctic development. Both worked on the U.S. Arctic Research Commission; several commissions and boards following the Exxon Valdez oil spill; and projects related to shipping, aviation, telecommunications and science and marine safety at the Arctic Council. In addition, they both served as senior fellows at the Anchorage-based Institute of the North, founded by the late Gov. Walter J. Hickel.