Friday, March 30, 2007

In memory of our good friend Rupe

Here is an exerpt from a good article celebrating the life of our good friend, Mr. Rupe Andrews, who recently passed away after a courageous fight with cancer. Following is the link to the full article in today's Juneau Empire.

We'll miss you Rupe.


Rupe Andrews stepped down from the Alaska Board of Fisheries on March 1.

Born Sept. 18, 1929, in New Haven, Conn., he moved to Alaska in 1959 and became one of the first biologists in the sport fish division of the newly formed Alaska Department of Fish and Game. Before retiring in 1982, he spent 13 years as director of the division.

Bob Thorstenson, president of the United Fishermen of Alaska, said Andrews had a balanced perspective when it came to resource management and always kept in mind the needs of all user groups.

"He was one of the stalwarts of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game for decades," Thorstenson said. "He was a part of the team that brought 20th century and 21st century fish and wildlife management to the pinnacle of success in Alaska."

He called Andrews one of the finest men ever to work on state resource issues.

"He thought first and foremost for the people and the resources of Alaska," Thorstenson said. "He was just an absolute class act, and we are just heartbroken and saddened that we weren't able to spend more time with him."

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