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James A. Power
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Birth: May 19, 1922
Death: Dec. 14, 1996

Anchorage Daily News January 9, 1997

Forty-nine-year Anchorage resident, retired businessman and community booster James A. Power, 74, died Dec. 14, 1996, at Alaska Regional Hospital following a lengthy illness. At his request, no services were held.

Born May 19, 1922, in Langdon, N.D., he was the second of nine children. Educated at Columbia University and the University of Washington, he joined Mutual of New York in Seattle in 1947 as a life underwriter, and worked to persuade the home office to open a branch in Alaska. In 1948, he was appointed assistant manager in Seattle and was soon placed in charge of developing the company's field operations in the Territory of Alaska. In 1949, he came to Alaska as district manager in charge of Alaska operations and later was promoted to agency manager. Mr. Power was one of the founders of the Alaska Association of Life Underwriters and its first president in 1952 and 1953. Several times, he earned the National Management Award from the General Agents and Managers Conference of the National Association of Life Underwriters. He retired in 1980, but continued in business as an insurance consultant until his health failed. Mr. Power was very active in Anchorage civic organizations through the years. He founded or was instrumental in founding several. He also was well-known for his fund-raising abilities. When the population of Anchorage was only about 45,000 in the mid-'50s, he led the fund-raising effort that raised $450,000 to establish the first YMCA here. He was an early supporter of the Alaska Boy Scout Council and one of the founders of the Boys Club (now known as the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Anchorage) of Alaska, chairman of the Salvation Army board and chairman of Santa Claus Lane (a project of the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce), among various other organizations and committees. Gov. Bill Egan appointed him vice chairman of the Rebuild Alaska Committee after the 1964 earthquake. He remained a member of the Petroleum Club, the Elks Club and the Alaska World Affairs Council. He had been a strong supporter and fund-raiser for the council since its formation in 1958. He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty, in 1991.

Mr. Power is survived by two brothers and one sister, all of Washington state. He also leaves his collie, Foxy, who now lives with a nephew in Washington. His ashes were scattered over Mount Susitna, as were those of his wife. The bulk of Mr. Power's estate will go to establish an educational loan fund to help Anchorage high school graduates attend college.
Cremated, Ashes scattered.
Specifically: Ashes scattered over Mount Susitna
Created by: Nancy K
Record added: Apr 28, 2008
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