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Governor Parnell Orders Flags Lowered for Representative Foster

October 14, 2009, Anchorage, Alaska - Governor Sean Parnell has ordered state flags to be lowered to half-staff in honor and memory of Representative Richard Foster. Representative Foster passed away on Tuesday in Seattle. He was 63.

"I served with Richard as his colleague in the legislature," Governor Parnell said. "He was kind-hearted, had an infectious laugh, and a grand sense of humor. Richard treated people with respect and was a smart, humble, unassuming legislator. He served Alaska well, and we will miss him."

Foster was born and raised in Nome. He was serving his 11th term in the House of Representatives when he passed away. Foster was first elected to represent Nome in 1988. He is survived by his wife, Cathy, and nine children.

State flags will be lowered to half-staff on Friday, October 16. Flags will be raised to full-staff the following morning.

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