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Governor Parnell Orders Flags Lowered for Doctor Soboleff


May 22, 2011, Juneau, Alaska - Governor Sean Parnell has ordered state flags to be lowered to half-staff on Wednesday in honor and memory of Dr. Walter Soboleff. He died today at the age of 102.

Dr. Soboleff was a Tlingit scholar, pastor emeritus of Northern Lights Presbyterian Church in Juneau (now Northern Lights United Church), a recognized elder, and a community and business leader.

"Sandy and I were saddened to learn of the passing of Dr. Soboleff - a humble man of great wisdom," Governor Parnell said. "Dr. Soboleff will be remembered for his decades of service to Alaskans, his kind and gentle manner and his quick wit. I was honored to meet with Dr. Soboleff recently. He reminisced about his love for Alaskans, his favorite sermons, and the joys of hosting the Gold Medal Basketball Tournament in Juneau. His legacy will live on in the many generations he touched. Alaska has lost a true treasure."

State flags will be lowered on Wednesday, May 25. Flags will return to full-staff the following day.
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