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Governor Orders Flags Lowered for Former State Senator


September 7, 2010, Juneau, Alaska - Governor Sean Parnell ordered state flags to be flown at half-staff Thursday in honor and memory of former state Senator Kathryn (Kay) Poland, who died in Anchorage last week. She was 90.

"Senator Poland will be remembered for her passion for Alaska and her service to her community," Governor Parnell said. "Sandy and I will keep her family and friends in our thoughts and prayers."

Poland was appointed March 6, 1970, to fill the vacancy left by her husband during the 6th Alaska State Legislature. She continued to serve in the Alaska Senate until 1979, representing the Kodiak-Aleutian District. In 1978, Poland ran unsuccessfully for lieutenant governor. She was appointed by then Governor Walter Hickel as director of Commercial Fisheries in 1981 and served until 1983.

Poland is survived by her husband, George Silides; son, Pat Poland; daughters, Kathleen Carlsen and Shannon Anderson; five stepchildren; and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

Flags will be raised to full-staff Friday morning.

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