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Governor Parnell Orders Flags Lowered in Honor of Former Mayor George Sullivan

September 24, 2009, Anchorage, Alaska - Governor Parnell today ordered state flags to be lowered to half-staff in honor and memory of former Anchorage Mayor George Sullivan, who died September 23 in Anchorage with his family at his side.

Governor Parnell first met Mayor Sullivan as a fifth-grader at Inlet View Elementary School in Anchorage.

"Even at that young age, I sensed that the mayor looked out for others," Governor Parnell said. "I have fond memories of visiting his office at the old City Hall building, memories I will always cherish."

Mayor Sullivan's public service in Alaska spanned decades. Sullivan served as U.S. deputy marshal in Nenana, as a city council member in Fairbanks, as a state legislator and most notably as Anchorage's mayor for 14 years.

The governor described Mayor Sullivan as a visionary leader who strived to make Anchorage a better community for future generations, with results that are visible across the city. In the 1970s, Sullivan was successful in unifying the borough and city to become the Municipality of Anchorage. Sullivan was instrumental in moving Project 80s forward, resulting in construction of the Performing Arts Center, the Egan Civic and Convention Center and the Sullivan sports arena, as well as in the preservation of historical landmarks.

"We've lost one of Alaska's most beloved leaders," said Parnell. "Mayor Sullivan's distinguished service and lifelong commitment to the people of Anchorage and Alaska will be remembered."

Mayor Sullivan was preceded in death by his wife of 59 years, Margaret Eagan Sullivan, and son, Harvey. He is survived by sons Timothy, Daniel, Kevin, George Jr., Michael and Casey; daughters Colleen and Shannon; 17 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

The time and date for Sullivan's memorial service are yet to be announced. State flags will be lowered on that day.

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