Ronald Lorensen


Posted: Monday, April 02, 2007

Juneau resident Ronald Walter Lorensen died March 29, 2007, at home, with his wife, Bernadette, by his side. He was 61.

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Born Sept. 16, 1945, in Hamburg, Germany, he moved to Juneau in 1974 to practice law. He spent 10 years as Alaska's deputy attorney general.

Prior to his appointment as deputy attorney general in 1980, he was a partner in the Juneau office of Josephson, Trickey and Lorensen. Before private practice, he was assistant attorney general for Alaska, serving as counsel for the departments of education and labor. While with the Department of Law, he argued two cases before the U.S. Supreme Court.

His parents, Inge (Giese) and Walter Max Lorensen, met and married in Germany, where his mother served as a translator for the Nuremburg war crime trials. The Lorensen family later moved to Rochester, N.Y.

He attended Dartmouth College, receiving an bachelors degree in 1967 and a master of business administration degree in 1968. From 1968 to 1971, he served as an officer in the U.S. Army at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. After the Army, he entered Albany Law School and received his juris doctorate in 1974.

His family remembers him as a valued and well-respected member of the Juneau community, serving on multiple boards, including the Bartlett Hospital Board, the Board of Governors of the Alaska Bar Association, and the Governor's Executive Clemency Review Board. He was a former director of Juneau Teen Homes, Inc., and contract attorney with the State Capital Law Firm Group. He was counsel to the Alaska Permanent Fund Corp., assisted the State of Alaska in a variety of matters, and represented the municipalities of Haines and Klawock in litigation.

He was preceded in death by his father, Walter Max Lorensen; and his only son, Brian Ronald Lorensen.

He is survived by his wife of nearly 17 years, Bernadette (Campbell) Lorensen; his mother, Inge Lorensen; his daughters, Carrie Lorensen, Elizabeth Seitz; and Alyson Campbell, all of Juneau; his sister, Barbara Bardach (Stuart) of Oro Valley, Ariz.; and three grandchildren: Darion Enbusk, Megan Seitz and Aiden Gariety, all of Juneau.

His family writes: "Ron was a quiet, kind, intelligent man. He was generous to a fault with family, friends and any and all charitable organizations. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Hospice of Juneau or the charity of your choice."

Family and friends will gather to celebrate his life at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Chapel by the Lake. A reception will follow at Smith Hall.

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