Half-Staff Alert for October 4-7, 2016
For Alaska Only

ANCHORAGE – Governor Bill Walker ordered all Alaska flags to be lowered in honor of former Lieutenant Governor Lowell Thomas Jr., who passed away on Saturday at the age of 92. Thomas served as Lieutenant Governor under the Hammond Administration from 1974 to 1978.

“Lowell Thomas embodied the adventurous spirit and passion that are uniquely Alaskan,” said Governor Walker. “His commitment to conservation issues and public service will be remembered by many. Lieutenant Governor Mallott and I extend our most sincere condolences to the Thomas family, and those across the state who knew and admired Lieutenant Governor Thomas.”

Born in London in 1923, Thomas served in the Army Air Corps during World War II. He moved to Alaska in 1960, and served in the Alaska Senate for 12 years before running for Lt. Governor in 1973. After leaving office, Thomas was active with multiple local non-profit organizations, and helped establish the Chugach State Park. Thomas received lifetime achievement awards from the National Parks and Conservation Association in 1995 and the Alaska Conservation Foundation in 2004.

Governor Walker ordered all Alaska flags to be lowered immediately in honor of the late Lieutenant Governor Thomas. Flags should return to full-staff at sunset on Friday, October 7, 2016.

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