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Services for Bob Gillam set for Sept. 23

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Services for Robert Byron Gillam, businessman and political activist, have been set for 2 pm on Sept. 23 at the Captain Cook Hotel.

Gillam, an Anchorage resident, died on Sept. 12 at Providence Alaska Medical Center, after suffering a stroke. Born on July 7, 1946, he was 72 when he passed away, having built a private investment firm based in Anchorage that was world class, with $7 billion under its management.

He was also exceedingly generous, but often quietly, funding the college tuition for many students. He spent $30 million opposing the development of the Pebble Mine in western Alaska, a mine he felt was in the wrong place and could harm fisheries in Bristol Bay.

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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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