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Farewell Robert Boochever

A long time friend of the University of Alaska Southeast has passed on.

Robert BoocheverJudge Robert Boochever was on the site selection committee for the Auke Lake campus and more recently donated the funding to establish an arts endowment and to upgrade the Auke Lake trail.  "He was important to the founding and sustaining of the University, and we respected him for his many years of service," said UAS Chancellor John Pugh.

Robert Boochever, 94, died peacefully in his home in Pasadena, California, on Sunday, October 9, 2011. Born October 2, 1917, in Brooklyn, New York to Charles Louis and Miriam Cohen Boochever, he graduated from Cornell Law School in 1941.

Boochever was on the Alaska Supreme Court from 1972-80 and served as Chief Justice from 1975-78. He was appointed by President Jimmy Carter to the 9th Circuit Court in 1980. In 1982 he received an Honorary Doctorate of Humanities degree from UAS.

As chair of the Juneau Planning Commission (1956-61) Boochever was on the Site Selection Committee that chose the Auke Lake site for what was then called University of Alaska Juneau. The choice was not without controversy, but the site was inarguably the most beautiful location in the state for a college campus.

In 2008, the Connie Boochever Endowment for Arts was established in honor of Judge Boochever’s late wife, Lois Colleen "Connie" Boochever for her extraordinary contribution to the Arts in Alaska during her lifetime. The fund provides financial support to the Arts and Theater programs at the University of Alaska Southeast. The endowed fund is currently valued at $286,640.  Contributions to this fund in memory of Connie and Robert Boochever can be made through the UAS Development Office. For more information please see the Website at or call 907-796-6566.

Also in 2008, Judge Boochever donated $100,000 to the campaign to upgrade the trail around Auke Lake. Boochever was a life long birdwatcher who studied ornithology during his time at Cornell. A sign at the second floating dock off the trail and looking out on the lake describes Boochever’s love of nature and especially bird watching. It invites people to sit and watch the birds with his words: "a moment steeped in beauty captures eternity."


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