Governor orders flags at half-staff to honor George Cooper

Posted: Wednesday, April 19, 2000

JUNEAU (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles ordered state flags lowered to half-staff Tuesday and Wednesday to honor George Cooper, a delegate to Alaska's Constitutional Convention.

Cooper died of a heart attack on Monday. He was 76.

Cooper, who was born in 1923 in Cotopaxi, Co., came to Alaska in 1949 and established Northern Ready-Mix, a sand and gravel business in Fairbanks. He was one of the youngest members elected to the Constitutional Convention in 1955 and 1956, and played a key role in fashioning the legislative and electoral systems for the future state.

''George was a most constructive delegate, a wonderful and reasonable individual,'' said fellow delegate Vic Fisher. ''As were the other constitutional convention delegates, George was dedicated to doing the best possible for Alaska. His efforts have born fruit, and we are all the better for George having been part of us.''

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