Mayor Dan Sullivan's statement re: Walter Hickel's death
I was deeply saddened to learn about the passing of one of the political giants of our time, Walter Hickel. My family has enjoyed the friendship of the Hickels for more than 50 years, and Wally was the very center of that family. Although no longer with us, the inspiration of his faith, optimism, and perseverance will survive through the ages. Hickel's tireless efforts toward making Alaska a modern state will not soon be forgotten, and his name will always be remembered as someone who lived and breathed the State of Alaska and the opportunities he realized here.
My wife Lynnette and I send our condolences to Walter's wife, Ermalee, and the entire Hickel family.
Mayor Dan Sullivan
May 8, 2010