JUNEAU (AP) -- The Senate on Friday passed a bill to rename the Fairbanks International Airport after the late William Ransom Wood.
Under the measure, the state-owned and operated airport would become the ''William R. Wood Fairbanks International Airport.''
Bill sponsor Sen. Gary Wilken, R-Fairbanks, spoke in praise of Wood before the measure passed 16-0.
''A community only builds an airport once every hundred years,'' Wilken said. ''I'd say that the good Lord only builds a Bill Wood every 100 years.''
Wood was the longtime president of the University of Alaska, a Fairbanks mayor, a published poet, and the driving force behind community projects. He was named Alaskan of the Year in 1985.
Wood, 94, died Feb. 25 after a long illness.
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