EMERGENCY RESPONSE – Members of the Alaska Native Brotherhood and Alaska Native Sisterhood this week organized a city-wide food drive for residents of Angoon and other villages affected by the lack of Alaska Marine Highway System ferry service. Hundreds of pounds of food were collected at Sitka High School and other drop off sites. Thursday night about three dozen people attended a meeting at ANB Founders Hall to discuss the ferry situation and prepare food for shipping. Laurie Serka, outstation manager for Alaska Seaplanes, said Alaska Seaplanes, Sitka Custom Marine and Dr. Sul Ross Thorward donated shipping costs for the perishable food donated by AC Lakeside. Tom Gamble is planning to take a load of food to Angoon aboard his boat. Donations for shipping food to Kake are currently being sought. Contact for the donations is Nancy Furlow, ANS Camp 4 president, 907 227-9102. PHOTOS: clockwise from top left, Laurie Serka, Steve Schmidt and Marjo Vidad of Alaska Seaplanes load food bound for Angoon this morning. Tom Gamble and Chad Titell  deliver boxes of food from Sitka High School to ANB Founders Hall Thursday night. Paulette Moreno, ANS Grand Camp president, addresses volunteers Thursday night. Sitkans gather in a circle at ANB Founders Hall Thursday to brainstorm responses to the lack of state ferry service. (Sentinel Photos by James Poulson)

Albert E. Aaron, Artist, Teacher, Dies in Sitka

Albert E. Aaron

Albert E. Aaron

Albert E. Aaron, an artist and longtime Alaskan, died Jan. 10, 2017, in Sitka. He was 85.
He was born August 19, 1931, in Detroit, Michigan, the son of Barnie and Sarah (Sadie) Aaron. After graduating from Cass Tech High in Detroit, he went on to graduate from Bard College, attended graduate school at Indiana University as a Woodrow Wilson Fellow, lived in an art colony in Israel and attended Yeshiva University as a Ford Foundation Teaching Fellow.
He taught at the prestigious Cranbrook Art Academy, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, and while there helped organize the first contemporary art gallery in Detroit.
Later, working as a curator at the Albright Art Museum in Buffalo, he reorganized the education department. As Curator of Education at the Delgado Museum in New Orleans he developed a popular program attracting young people in the community while concurrently teaching classes at Tulane University.
A gifted artist, his work was shown in exhibits including in New York, Israel, Michigan and Louisiana.
Albert moved to Fairbanks in 1973 continuing to paint while he worked on the Alaska pipeline. In addition, he took an active part in encouraging responsible laws for the mentally ill.
Because of failing health, Albert spent his final years at the Pioneers Home in Sitka, moving here in 2008.
He is lovingly remembered by family and friends for his insightful, tolerant and helpful demeanor. He was predeceased by his wife, Jeanette, and brother Bob.
Albert is survived by his son Gawon, Anchorage, his sisters Gerry West and Judith Strohmaier, and numerous family members in the United States, Canada and Israel.

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