Rasmuson leaves $10 million to Boy Scouting in Alaska

Posted: Tuesday, February 06, 2001

FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Millionaire banker and philanthropist Elmer Rasmuson left a $10 million trust fund to Boy Scouting in Alaska before he died two months ago at the age of 91, a spokesman says.

Trust proceeds, to be split among the three Scouting councils in the state, will boost the Midnight Sun Council's $500,000 annual budget by 10 percent. The money will be used to expand Scouting in the Bush.

''One of the things we'd like to do is day camps in the villages,'' said Cliff Crismore, with the Midnight Sun Council. ''It's been a priority, but we've never had the money to do it.''

Rasmuson, a lifelong Alaskan, died in a Seattle hospital Dec. 1. He was a banker who over the course of his life donated millions to education, museums and libraries.

He is credited with being one of the people who brought Scouting to Alaska. His son, Ed, was one of the state's first Eagle Scouts.

Scouting programs already are established at Barrow and Bettles, Crismore said. ''Now we'll be able to go to Wainwright, Point Hope, Northway, Kaltag ...,''.

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