Karyn Boggan Price

Posted: Monday, March 23, 2009

Lifelong Juneau resident and educator Karyn Boggan Price died March 3, 2009, in Seattle. She was 69.

A celebration of her life will be held at 3 p.m. April 11 at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center at 350 Whittier Street.

Price was born at St. Ann's Hospital in Juneau in 1939 to Garland and Gertrude Johnson Boggan. She was descended from an early Treadwell mining family; her grandfather, Peter Johnson, was a supervisor at the Mexican Mine.

A 1957 Juneau-Douglas High School graduate, Price attended Oregon State University and graduated from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. She liked to say that she helped "stamp out ignorance" in her 32 years as a teacher at JDHS. She taught world history and psychology. She arranged to take students on several of her trips to Europe. Several current teachers claim Price as their mentor. One of her former students, when honored in a national magazine as "teacher of the year," credited Price as her favorite teacher and the one who most profoundly influenced her choice of profession.

"Karyn was an 'up' person," according to those who knew her. She is remembered as a loyal and loving friend who always greeted people with a smile. She reached out to friends and former students while traveling and will be remembered and admired for her insatiable curiosity and enthusiasm about the world and what was possible. The world was her hobby, and she traveled it by plane, ship, train or automobile. Of the countries she visited, she could talk about the history, where to stay, how to get around and what was wrong with the local politics.

Price was a dedicated docent at the Alaska State Museum during tourist season, and a supporter of the Juneau-Douglas City Museum. She served on the board of the Gastineau Channel Historical Society and the Juneau World Affairs Council. She was active with the Juneau Retired Teacher's Association and Phi Delta Kappa. Karyn had just joined the Pioneers of Alaska. She was a sponsor of the Arts in Juneau, and passionate about environmental and animal protection issues.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Claud and Robert Helgesen; and former husband, Duane Price.

She is survived by her daughter, Elizabeth Andersen Waller and husband, Brian; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, of Placerville, Calif.; sister, Susan J. Helgesen of North Salt Lake, Utah; two nieces and one nephew; as well as many friends and former students.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Karyn's name to the Gastineau Humane Society, 7705 Glacier Highway, Juneau, AK 99801 or The American Heart Association. Condolences can be sent to her daughter at 5555 Prairie Loop, Placerville, CA 95667.

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