A WALK IN THE PARK – Jim Moormann walks through Sitka National Historical Park this morning, as he has every day for the past two and a half years. This Saturday is National Trails Day, an annual event which began in 1993 to honor the National Trail System. In normal years volunteers help with trail maintenance in parks across the country. This year there will be no organized cleanup in Sitka and, without tour ship visitors, Sitkans will have the park to themselves. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

Dean F. Tirador

Dean F. Tirador, MD

Dean F. Tirador, MD, a former Sitka resident, died Jan. 27 in Seattle at the age of 86.
A memorial Mass will be held at noon Friday, Feb. 16, at the Cathedral of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, 416 Fifth St., in Juneau. A celebration of his life will be scheduled in Juneau later this year.
Dean was born Nov. 8, 1931, in Sioux City, Iowa, to Hazel and Dr. P.A. (Pat) Tirador. The family lived in several interesting areas of the United States as assigned by the United States Public Health Service. After retirement, Dean’s parents lived in Sitka for a time, before moving to Juneau.
 Dean graduated magna cum laude from Marquette University, then summa cum laude from Johns Hopkiins University, obtaining his MD and Public Health degrees. He joined the Public Health Service, achieving the rank of captain and serving, while still in his 20s, as the first medical director at the then-clinic for the Navajo Nation in Chinle, Arizona, and later in northern California, and at Mt. Edgecumbe.
Beginning in the early 1970s, Dean served with the World Health Organization and was posted to New Delhi, Bangkok, Zurich, and Washington, D.C., among other locations, and worked extensively in South America. In a third career, he became the Deputy Commissioner for the State of Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, prior to retiring.
His retirement afforded Dean many opportunities to indulge his passion for travel. His wanderlust took him throughout the world: voyages to the Antarctic and far above the Arctic Circle, educational trips to remote islands such as Madagascar, treks to Australia, Patagonia and the Pantanal in Brazil, and other fascinating locations. Dean never stopped learning and caring about our world.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Martin Tirador, and great, good friend, Dr. George Longenbaugh.
Dean left very close friends and their families: Dee Longenbaugh of Juneau, Matt Longenbaugh of Tumwater, Washington, Betsy Longenbaugh of Juneau, Leslie Longenbaugh, also of Juneau, and John Longenbaugh of Portland, Oregon, as well as his beloved Labradoodle, Olaf, and many friends in Washington, Alaska, and throughout the world.
He also leaves nieces Mary Alice Staggs of Ramona, California, Katie Epperley of Leavenworth, Washington, and Margaret Sternbach of Lakeport, California, and their families.



Alaska COVID-19
At a Glance

(updated 6-5-20)

By Sentinel Staff

The state Department of Health and Social Services has posted the following update on the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Alaska as of 11:50 a.m. Friday.

New cases as of Thursday: 11

Total statewide – 524

The state says the cumulative number of cases hospitalized is 48, and the cumulative number of deaths is 10.

To visit the Alaska DHSS Corona Response dashboard website click here.



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March 23, 2020



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