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State Flags to be Lowered for Former Senator Bill Ray


September 13, 2013, Anchorage, Alaska – To honor and commemorate the life of former Alaska Senator Bill Ray, Governor Sean Parnell has ordered state flags to be lowered to half-staff on Tuesday, September 17. Senator Ray died September 9. He was 91.

After serving his country in the Navy, Senator Ray returned to Juneau to work in his family’s business and commercial fish. He was elected to the Alaska House of Representatives in 1964 and served six years before being elected to the Alaska Senate, where he served until 1986. Senator Ray held positions on the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board and the Federal Fish and Game Advisory Board.

Senator Ray is survived by his wife and two children. State flags will be lowered on Tuesday and raised to full-staff at sunset.

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