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George A. Parks

JUNEAU, Alaska, May 12 (AP) - George A. Parks, a former territorial Governor of Alaska, died Friday at a hospital here, two weeks before his 101st birthday.

Gov. Bill Sheffield ordered state flags flown at half-staff on Monday in honor of Mr. Parks, who spent the last eight years of his life at the Bartlett Memorial Hospital here. "His unfailing loyalty to our territory and state was a source of pride for the many Alaskans who recognized the true pioneer spirit of this man," Mr. Sheffield said of Mr. Parks.

Mr. Parks initiated a flag-design contest for school children, from which Alaska's state flag emerged, Mr. Sheffield said.

Mr. Parks arrived in Alaska in 1907 and worked with the United States Land Office as a mineral examiner. In World War I he joined the Army Corps of Engineers. Later headed the Federal land office in Alaska.

Mr. Parks was appointed governor in 1925, a post he held for eight years. When his term expired, Mr. Parks remained in Juneau and worked as an engineer and as a bank vice president.

Alaska's newest highway, which stretches 322 miles from Fairbanks to near Wasilla, was named in his honor.

Source: The New York Times - May 13, 1984



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