Half-Staff Alert for June 11, 2017
For Alaska
June 11, 2017 JUNEAU—Governor Bill Walker today ordered all Alaska flags be lowered in honor of former Attorney General Grace Schaible. A remarkable and renowned figure, she passed away on Saturday at the age of 91.

“Attorney General Schaible is a giant of Alaska history,” Governor Walker said. “From her life-long involvement with and support of the University of Alaska to shattering the glass ceiling by being the first woman to serve as attorney general, her legacy will be forever remembered. Donna, Byron, Toni, and I join Grace’s family, friends, and Alaskans everywhere in mourning her passing.”

Attorney General Jahna Lindemuth said, “I spent time with Grace several weeks after my appointment as the second female attorney general. Grace was a pioneer, inspiring me and other strong female leaders to step forward to serve our State. She will be missed.”

Born in Washington State in 1925, Schaible grew up in Juneau and graduated from high school in what is now the state’s capitol city. She was hired as University of Alaska President Charles Bunnell’s secretary in 1944, and eventually graduated from the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) with a Bachelor’s Degree in history. She went on to receive a Master’s Degree from George Washington University, and a J.D. from Yale Law School. She married her husband, Arthur, on Christmas Day, 1958. Arthur passed away in 1980.

Schaible practiced law for many years in Fairbanks before accepting Governor Steve Cowper’s appointment to serve as the state’s top lawyer, serving from 1987 to 1989. She donated over $1 million to support the University of Alaska Museum of the North, and also donated to the UAF Geophysical Institute. Last November, the University of Alaska Southeast (UAS) in Juneau established an endowment in Schaible’s name with proceeds from the sale of a home she’d donated to the University in 1989. The endowment supports visiting faculty, researchers, artists, and Alaska Native elders.

Governor Walker ordered that Alaska flags be flown at half-staff at sunrise on Monday, June 12. Flags should remain at half-staff until sunset on Tuesday, June 13.

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