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Av Gross, attorney general for Jay Hammond

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Alaska state flags are lowered to half-staff in honor of the passing of Avrum Gross, Alaska’s attorney general from 1974 to 1980 under Gov. Jay Hammond.

Gross was a lifelong liberal who oversaw the Department of Law during the heady years leading up to the pipeline boom in Alaska, including the creation of the Alaska Permanent Fund, the passage of Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act, and other measures.

“Av Gross was a remarkable man, who helped set the course that would define Alaska for decades to come. As a leader, we’ll miss his vision, and as a friend, we’ll miss him,” Walker said. He was 82.

Gross had been living primarily at a home he owned near Chatham Strait with AnnaLee McConnell, former Office of Management and Budget director under Gov. Tony Knowles.

Gross was a regular at the Southeast Alaska Folk Festival, playing fiddle. The name of his band was “Honest Attorney Two Flights Up.”

Flags will return to full-staff at sundown on Thursday, May 10, 2018.

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Suzanne Downing had careers in business and journalism before serving as the Director of Faith and Community-based Initiatives for Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and returning to Alaska to serve as speechwriter for Gov. Sean Parnell. Born on the Oregon coast, she moved to Alaska in 1969.

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