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Governor Orders Flags Lowered for Former Lawmaker

November 25, 2009, JUNEAU, Alaska - Governor Sean Parnell has ordered state flags to be lowered to half-staff next Tuesday in honor and memory of former legislator Brad Phillips. Phillips passed away on Monday in Seattle. He was 84.

"Brad will be remembered for his devotion to Alaska," Governor Parnell said. "He dedicated much of his time promoting our great state and, indeed, has been hailed as a pioneer of our tourism industry. Sandy and I will keep his family in our thoughts and prayers."

Phillips created the first cruise tours in Prince William Sound in the 1950s, and Phillips Cruises and Tours remained popular for decades thereafter. He served on the Anchorage City Council from 1956 to 1960. Phillips served in the Alaska Senate from 1961 to 1971.

Flags will be lowered to half-staff on Tuesday, December 1, the date of Phillips' memorial service in Anchorage. Flags will be raised to full-staff the following day.

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