Honoring Ed Rasmuson

AUGUST 27, 1940 – JANUARY 4, 2022

The Foundation received an outpouring of love, support and shared memories of Chairman Emeritus Ed Rasmuson. Thank you, everyone. Here are just a few.

Ed Rasmuson is seen in 2020. (Photo by Kyle Seago for Magnetic North)

“I have been lucky to know Ed for most of my life…I saw him make a fortune in business, and then use it to make a difference in the lives of Alaskans through philanthropy. That was Ed: always creating value for our state and recognizing that Alaska’s real wealth is in the spirit of our people and the land itself.”

“Ed has been a tremendous friend, mentor and role model for many Alaskans, including myself, my father and father-in-law. I wish you all well as you grieve his passing but also celebrate his life and contributions to our great state.”

“On behalf of the Native Village of Napaskiak we
send our condolences for the loss of Ed. Under
his leadership we have seen positive changes.
You are all in our thoughts and prayers.”

“Ed was a giant in my life and a guiding mentor. He left a tremendous legacy of generosity and humanity and how to live a life of service.”

“We are so sorry for the loss of our great
community leader.”

“Ed was a passionate man who cared deeply
for his family, friends, and more broadly, for
the state of Alaska. Through his kindness and
generosity, he had a remarkable impact on the
state and his legacy will endure for generations.
When I first arrived in Alaska, Ed was
instrumental in teaching me about the state, its
people and the challenges faced. Thanks to him,
the Economics Department at the University of
Alaska Anchorage is now a program of distinction
and attracts scholars from around the world who
are interested in Alaska. Ed will be dearly missed.”