Robert D. 'Bob' Arnold


Posted: Friday, February 06, 2004

Former Juneau resident Robert D. "Bob" Arnold, 71, died Jan. 11, 2004, at his home in Olympia, Wash.

He was born June 11, 1932, in Guthrie, Okla. He was the principal author of the 1974 book, "Alaska Native Land Claims," but his writings and activities related to Native issues reach back to 1968.

He was a deputy commissioner of the Alaska Department of Natural Resources, and before that, he had been a senior manager with the Bureau of Land Management. His earlier service with the state was as executive director of the Alaska Centennial Commission and executive director of the Alaska Educational Broadcasting Commission. In the early 1970s, he was a member of the Anchorage School Board, and served on a number of civic commissions. In 1987, he moved to Washington, D.C., where he was on the staff of the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs and a director of a research institute at George Washington University. He moved to Olympia after retiring in 1996.

He is survived by his wife, Ann, of Olympia; daughters, Catherine of Waianae, Hawaii, Elizabeth of Anchorage, Susan Dolan of Bend, Ore., and Mary of Olympia; sons, Matthew of Las Vegas, John of Eugene, Ore.; seven grandchildren; and sister, Joyce Munson of Anchorage.

No service is planned.

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