D.A. Bartlett – D.A. Bartlett (Doris Ann) spent her earliest years in Fairbanks and Circle Hot Springs while her father was mining on Independence Creek and working for the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner winters. The family moved to Juneau as Bob became Secretary of Alaska, and then Washington D.C. when he went to Congress. D.A. went to Middlebury College in Vermont and in 1955 came home to Alaska. She was busy raising a family in the woods outside of Juneau and then in Anchorage until she went to Oregon as a graduate student. In 1981, she returned and has been teaching literature and language at the University of Alaska at Fairbanks.
Carol Brice – Longtime Fairbanksan, Carol Brice has spent her career advocating for children and their families. Brice co-founded the Resource Center for Parents and Children and the Fairbanks Head Start Program and has served as a Trustee and Chair of the Alaska Children's Trust Board. She is the founder of The Carol H. Brice Family Center which houses and provides stewardship for several organizations providing family services.
Jack B. Coghill – Alaska Constitutional Convention delegate Jack Coghill served a term in Alaska's Territorial House of Representatives and was elected as a delegate to the Constitutional Convention. Following statehood, he served in the First through Third and the Fourteenth through Sixteenth Legislatures before his election as Lieutenant Governor in 1990. Coghill also served on the Nenana School Board, and was the President of the Alaska School Board Association. Coghill recently published an autobiography, Growing Up in Alaska.
Terrence M. Cole – Historian Terrence Cole directs the UAF Office of Public History and is an affiliated professor with the University of Alaska Fairbanks, Department of History. Cole's areas of expertise include circumpolar history, twentieth century America, Alaska Native history and world history. Works he has authored include The Cornerstone on College Hill, Crooked Past: The History of a Frontier Mining Camp and Nome: City of the Golden Beaches, and Fighting for the Forty-Ninth: C.W. Snedden and the Long Struggle for Alaska Statehood. He won the Usibelli Award for Teaching in 1994 and the Edith Bullock Award for Excellence in 1998.
Victor Fischer – Alaska Constitutional Convention delegate Vic Fischer served in the territorial House of Representatives and the Alaska State Senate. Born in 1924 in Berlin, Germany, Fischer has degrees from the University of Wisconsin, MIT, and Harvard. He held several planning positions after coming to Alaska in 1950. Fischer was a member of the University of Alaska faculty in both Fairbanks and Anchorage, primarily associated with the Institute of Social and Economic Research (ISER), including ten years as its director. His current ISER work covers local self-governance, Alaska Native issues, and Alaska-Russia affairs. In 2006, Fischer was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Laws degree from the University of Alaska Anchorage.
Bill Foster – William C. Foster was born in Cuero, Texas, a small ranching community about thirty miles west of Victoria, the hometown of Senator Bob Bartlett's father. Foster received a master's degree and a law degree from the University of Texas and worked for the Texas Legislative Council early in his career. In 1959, the Alaska Legislative Council hired Foster as its deputy director. Senator Bob Bartlett brought Foster to Washington D.C. in 1961 to serve as staff counsel. He served the Senator for five years before joining the Washington law firm of Patton Boggs. His close personal relationship with the Senator and Vide Bartlett continued until they passed away. Foster retired from Patton Boggs in 1995 and returned to his family ranch and home in Texas.
Mike Gravel – U.S. Senator, Maurice “Mike” Gravel moved to Alaska after earning a B.S. in Economics from Columbia University. From 1963-66, he served in the Alaska House of Representatives where he was Speaker of the House during his second term. Senator Gravel represented the state of Alaska in the United States Senate from 1969-1981. While in the Senate he filibustered for five months against the draft and released the Pentagon Papers, classified documents about the United States' involvement in Vietnam. Senator Gravel introduced the amendment that cleared the way for the construction of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline. He is the author of Jobs and More Jobs, 7; and Citizen Power A Mandate for Change, and he recently co-authored A Political Odyssey: The Rise of American Militarism and One Man's Fight to Stop It, and The KINGMAKERS: How the Media Threatens Our Security and Our Democracy. Senator Gravel holds four honorary Doctorate degrees in law and public affairs and was a presidential candidate in the 2008 election.
Willie Hensley – William L. “Iggiagruk” Hensley was a founder of NANA Regional Corporation, served as a director for 20 years and concluded his career there as President. He also was a founder of Maniilaq, the regional non-profit representing the tribes of the area surrounding Kotzebue, and he was involved in the formation of the Alaska Federation of Natives and served as its Executive Director, President and Co-Chairman. Hensley served in both the Alaska State House and Senate, chaired the Lands Claims Task Force under Governor Walter Hickel, was appointed Commerce Commissioner by Governor Tony Knowles, and has served on the Board of Directors of the Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation, the Alaska Railroad Corporation and the Alaska Industrial Development Authority. More recently he has served as Manager of Federal Government Relations for Alyeska Pipeline Service Company. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors for Koahnic Broadcasting, a member of the Board of Trustees of Charter College and a member of the Board of Trustees of the First Alaskans Foundation. He the author of Fifty Miles from Tomorrow: A Memoir of Alaska and the Real People.
Walter J. Hickel – Walter J. Hickel served as Governor of Alaska from 1966-1969 and 1990-1994 and also served as U.S. Secretary of the Interior from 1969-1970. He was a key player in the quest to include a more than a 100 million acres of land in the legislation that made Alaska a state. During his first term as Governor, Prudhoe Bay was opened to oil exploration and development. Nationally, he shepherded elements of the permitting process for the Trans-Alaska oil pipeline. Governor Hickel played a key role in the settlement of Alaska Native Land Claims During his second term as Governor, the Exxon Valdez lawsuits were settled. In 1979, Governor Hickel co-founded Commonwealth North, a non-partisan public policy forum. More recently he founded the Institute of the North, an organization that fosters international research and teaching on how to make the best use of the resource rich Arctic for the benefit of all who live there. Among the many honors bestowed upon Governor Hickel are Alaskan of the Year in 1969 and the Horatio Alger Award in 1972. For his work fostering relations between Japan and Alaska, he received the Grand Cordon of the Sacred Treasure from the Emperor of Japan in 1988. Governor Hickel holds more than 10 honorary Doctorate degrees in engineering, public administration, and law.
Katie Hurley - Katie Hurley served as an assistant to Governors Gruening and Egan, and served a term in the State House of Representatives. She was Chief Clerk to Alaska's Constitutional Convention and secretary of the State Senate. Hurley was the first woman to win a statewide election when she was the Democratic nominee for Lieutenant Governor in 1978. She has also served as Executive Director of the Alaska Commission on the Status of Women, Chair of the Alaska State Commission on Human Rights and President of the State Board of Education. In 1995, UAS granted Hurley an Honorary Doctorate of Laws in recognition of her service to Alaska.
Joe Josephson – Joe Josephson is an attorney practicing in Anchorage. He served as Bob Bartlett's legislative assistant during Delegate Bartlett's last term in the House of Representatives and first term in the United States Senate. After leaving Washington, D.C., Mr. Josephson was the first Chair of the Alaska Advisory Committee to the United States Commission on Civil Rights, by appointment of President John F. Kennedy. Mr. Josephson was a member of the Alaska House of Representatives and the Alaska State Senate for 14 years, during the 60's, 70's and 80's, including service as the Democratic Leader of the Senate. He also served as Co-Chair of the Joint Federal-State Land Use Planning Commission, as Vice Chair of the Anchorage Charter Commission, and as a member of the former Anchorage City Council and Borough Assembly, and the Anchorage Municipal Assembly. Mr. Josephson has taught American Government, State and Local Government, and Constitutional Law. The father of five children, Mr. Josephson lives in Anchorage with his wife, Virginia McKinney.
John Kelsey – Stanford University graduate, John Kelsey, returned to his hometown, Valdez after active duty as a naval commanding officer during World War II. There he helped operate the family business, the Valdez Dock Company and over they years served his hometown as fire chief, city council member and mayor. After the 1964 Earthquake Kelsey rebuilt his docks, and he led the new planning and zoning commission in its efforts to relocate the town. Kelsey has served as president of the Alaska State Development Corp., as president of the Alaska State Chamber of Commerce, on the board of directors for First National Bank Alaska, on the Alaska Permanent Fund Board of Trustees with two terms as its chair, and he has served on the Alaska Natural Gas Pipeline Authority. In 1978, he was Alaska State Chamber of Commerce's Alaskan of the Year, and he has also been inducted into the Alaska Business Hall of Fame.
Margaret Lowe – Margaret Lowe's advocacy for those with developmental disabilities began in the classroom. She also served as both a principal and a program director for the Anchorage School District. Lowe was a founding member of the Association for Retarded Citizens. She served as the Director of the state Division of Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities and was Commissioner of Health and Social Services. Among the many boards and commissions she has served on are the Council for Exceptional Children and the Governor's Council on Mental Retardation, and the Alaska Developmental Disabilities Council. Most recently she has served on the Board of Trustees of the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority.
Claus-M. Naske – Professor Emeritus of History at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF), Claus-M. Naske is a UAF alumnus who graduated with a bachelor's degree in history and political science in 1961. He received a master's degree from the University of Michigan and a doctorate in American history from Washington State University. Naske joined the ranks of the faculty at UAF in 1969. He served as the director of the UA Press where he oversaw the production of scholarly work on the North. Among the many books Naske has authored or co-authored is Alaska: A History of the 49th State, an authoritative resource on the history of Alaska. Because of his original research on Alaska's political and economic development, he is one of Alaska's most prominent historians. Naske's 49 At Last!: The Fight for Alaska Statehood was re-issued in 2009 to coincide with the 50th anniversary of Alaskan statehood.
Mary Nordale – The scope of Attorney Mary Nordale's private practice has encompassed general civil matters, with concentrations on business, commercial transactions, corporations, real estate financings, mining and contracts litigation. Her interest in business and mining is an outgrowth of her work for Senator Bartlett's office where she was primarily responsible for economic development issues, including close liaison with the Economic Development Administration and the Small Business Administration during the earthquake recovery effort of 1964-1967.In Fairbanks, Nordale has served as Assistant U.S. Attorney, Assistant District Attorney, Fairbanks, Branch Counsel, Small Business Administration. From 1984-1986, she was the Commissioner of Revenue for the State of Alaska and a Trustee of the Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation. Nordale has served as a board member for a number of statewide organizations, most notably, the Alaska Humanities Forum, the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation, the Alaska Industrial Development & Export Authority, and the Alaska Mining Hall of Fame Foundation. She currently serves on the Advisory Committee to the Department of Mining and Geological Engineering, School of Mineral Engineering, University of Alaska Fairbanks.
David Price – U.S. Congressman David Price represents the 4th District of North Carolina in the U.S. House of Representatives where he sits on the House Appropriations Committee and is a member of the House Democracy Assistance Commission. Congressman Price received his undergraduate degree at UNC-Chapel Hill and went on to Yale University to earn a Bachelor of Divinity and Ph.D. in Political Science. Before he began serving in Congress in 1987, Price was a professor of Political Science and Public Policy at Duke University. He is the author of four books on Congress and the American political system. Congressman Price is a native of Erwin, Tennessee. He and his wife Lisa live in Chapel Hill and are parents of two children and proud grandparents of a grandson born in 2006.
Jack Roderick – Seattle native, Jack Roderick served in the U.S. Navy Air Corps during World War II. He studied political science at Yale University, and after moving to Alaska, he earned a law degree at the University of Washington and later a master's degree in public administration from Harvard University. Roderick's professional experience includes publishing, and among his early business interests were the oil exploration companies Ivy, Inc. and the Alaska Exploration Corporation. In addition to practicing law Roderick served as the Alaska State Democratic Party Chairman from1985-1988 He has held several government positions including: Regional Director of the U.S. Peace Corps in India, Greater Anchorage Area Borough Mayor from 1972-1975, Deputy Commissioner of the Alaska State Department of Natural Resources, Alaska Director of the U.S. Farmer's Home Administration (1978-1979), and Alaska State Energy Director. Roderick is the author of Crude Dreams: A Personal History of Oil & Politics in Alaska.
George Rogers – Constitutional consultant and temporary secretary for Alaska's Constitutional Convention, George Rogers drafted one of the first comprehensive studies with his book The Future of Alaska; Economic Consequences of Statehood. Rogers served as a faculty member at the Institute of Social and Economic Research at the University of Alaska Anchorage from 1961 to 1983. He has published five books and numerous research monographs and articles. Rogers has served on seven National Academy of Sciences-National Research Council programs and forty Alaskan, Canadian and national research boards and commissions. The University of Alaska Anchorage awarded him an Honorary Doctorate in Economics in 1986.
George Sundborg – The late George Sundborg began his career in journalism in 1938 as the city editor for the Daily Washingtonian. Over the course of his career, Sundborg would write for, edit, publish or own the Daily Alaskan Empire, Juneau Independent and the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner. In 1955, Sundborg was elected to a Territory-at-Large seat for the Alaska Constitutional Convention. Sundborg served on Ernest Gruening's staff from 1951-53 while Gruening was Territorial Governor and from 1959-68, when Gruening served in the US Senate. Sundborg is the author of several books, including Opportunity in Alaska, Hail Columbia, and Facts about Statehood for Alaska. The U.S. Department of the Interior presented Sundborg with a Meritorious Service Citation in 1973. George Sundborg died in February 2009.
Casey Thompson – Realtor Casey Thompson graduated with a degree in government and politics from the University of Maryland and worked on Capital Hill for a number of years. She worked on the staff of Senator E.L. (Bob) Bartlett of Alaska during 1963-1966 and the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in the early 70's. While working for Senator Bob Bartlett she became knowledgeable about the state's politics as well as Alaska's many unique attributes, developing a special and permanent affection for the state.
John Whitehead – Dr. John Whitehead is Professor of History Emeritus at the University of Alaska Fairbanks where he also served as the Director of the Honors Program. In the 1980s, Whitehead along with Claus-M Naske and Bill Schneider conducted an oral history of the members of the Alaska Constitutional Convention and other people associated with the quest for Alaskan statehood. Among those interviewed by Whitehead was Professor Ernest Bartley at the University of Florida. Bartley was an adviser to the Constitutional Convention and also conducted several political analyses of the Congress for Bob Bartlett. Whitehead is the author of Completing the Union: Alaska, Hawai'i and the Battle for Statehood. He retired in 1999 and currently resides in Athens, Georgia.