Posted: Tuesday, February 08, 2000

Norman C. Banfield

Former longtime Juneau resident Norman C. Banfield died Feb. 6, 2000, in Nashville, Tenn. He was 93.

He was born Jan. 12, 1907, in Wisconsin, and lived there until he graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1929. He was a meteorologist with the U.S. Weather Bureau in Detroit and Washington, D.C., before coming to Alaska in 1931 to commence upper air observations in Juneau.

He resigned from the bureau in 1934 to take a job in Herbert L. Faulkner's law office as a clerk while studying law. He passed the Alaska Bar exam and was admitted to practice law in 1935.

During World War II he served in the U.S. Army Communications System in Juneau, Anchorage and Seattle.

When Faulkner retired in 1948, Banfield became the senior partner in the law firm of Faulkner, Banfield, Doogan and Holmes.

When the Alaska Bar Association was integrated into the territorial government, he was a member of its first board of governors. The board made recommendations to the Constitutional Convention.

In 1949 the Community Building Corporation was formed to construct a building on Third Street for the headquarters for the 17th Coast Guard District. He was the chairman of the committee which organized the corporation and served as president and manager for 19 years.

In 1951 he married Mildred Harsburger. She preceded him in death in 1991.

He incorporated Klukwan Iron Ore Corp. in 1954, which purchased 1600 acres of mining claims near Klukwan. He was president and manager from 1962 until 1991. He was president and manager of Haines Terminal and Highway Company, which operated a commercial dock in Haines. He also managed the Goldstein Building in Juneau for about 20 years.

He was president of the Juneau Chamber of Commerce in 1936, 1947 and 1962, and president of the Juneau-Douglas Independent School District for one term. He was also exalted ruler of the Juneau Elks Lodge and district deputy for Southeast Alaska.

He lived in Nashville since 1997. He is survived by two sisters and a brother and his daughters Julie Banfield Burrus of Snohomish, Wash., and Nancy Banfield Woodward of Nashville, four grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

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