2 die in head-on collision

Posted: Thursday, April 20, 2000

A two-vehicle collision Wednesday afternoon on the Seward Highway took the lives of two Juneau men and injured a third.

Martin John Richard, 50, and Ladd E. Macaulay, 57, were pronounced dead at the scene, 37.5 miles north of Seward.

Richard was director of the Division of Investments for the state Department of Community and Economic Development. Macauley was a loan officer with the division and founder of Douglas Island Pink and Chum, a local hatchery operator.

The crash was reported to Alaska State Troopers about 4:14 p.m. Wednesday. Initial investigation revealed that a southbound pickup had crossed the center line, hitting a Toyota Camry head on, said Greg Wilkinson, trooper spokesman in Anchorage. The pickup then rolled, trapping its driver and sole occupant.

The Toyota, a rental car, hit the rocky mountainside, trapping all three occupants. A passing nurse declared the driver and back-seat passenger dead. A third occupant, the front-seat passenger in the rental, was conscious but injured. That passenger was Steven Gregory McGee, 49, of Juneau, who was transported to Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna for treatment.

The driver of the pickup, Michael J. Glaser, 43, of Crown Point, was also transported to Central Peninsula Hospital.

Martin Richard had worked for the state since 1979, said Tom Lawson, director of the Division of Administrative Services, and a co-worker.

A former tax auditor in California, Richard was director of audit for the Department of Revenue from 1984 to 1986, administering tax law. Since 1986, he had been director of the Division of Investments. He was married to Barbara J. ``Jill'' Richard, a nurse, Lawson said. The couple had no children.

``We are all truly saddened by the loss of Martin,'' Lawson said today. ``He was well-liked and truly a special person. His employees loved him.''

Richard, Macauley and McGee were traveling together on state business, Lawson said.

Ladd Macaulay was a bundle of energy who in the early 1970s became concerned about the relatively fish-free ``desert'' the Gastineau Channel had become. He began by rearing salmon fry in a cave near the Douglas Bridge, and subsequently used grantsmanship to build the area's major hatcheries. Under the name Douglas Island Pink and Chum, he began a small hatchery near Thane Road in 1980. The larger DIPAC hatchery on Channel Drive was completed in 1989 and became a tourist attraction.

Macaulay worked long hours as manager and executive director at DIPAC until retiring three years ago.

``Ladd was the visionary and the driving force behind DIPAC,'' said Rick Focht, DIPAC operations manager. ``He contributed so much to the community and the region in terms of hatchery development and had such a sincere devotion to the cause, so to speak. His legacy will continue indefinitely into the future.''

State Rep. Beth Kerttula remembered Macaulay as her seventh-grade biology teacher. ``We lost a really important person last night,'' Kerttula said. ``He was a great person and a great teacher. He was one of the brightest and best teachers I ever had in my life, and that includes Stanford and law school.''

Macaulay is survived by his wife, Linda, a state employee, and two sons and two daughters, 38, 36, 33 and 28 -- all Juneau residents.

Macaulay and McGee were good friends who ``went way back,'' Focht said.

As the private, nonprofit hatchery manager for the Department of Fish and Game for many years, McGee ``has his finger on the pulse of the hatchery programs around Alaska,'' Focht said.

McGee has worked for Fish and Game for 17 years, all in Juneau, said commercial fisheries biologist Marianne McNair, who works with him. His wife, Bonnie, is a teacher at Floyd Dryden Middle School. They have two children, 19 and 20, both in college, McNair said.

McGee was in fair condition this morning at Central Peninsula Hospital, said spokeswoman Bonnie Nichols.

``He has lots of lacerations and bruises, and I think they will keep him one more night. He says he's `fine but beat up.' We are all thankful -- but sad about the other people,'' said Bonnie McGee this morning.

Glaser is also in fair condition.

In recognition of the service of Richard and Macaulay to the state, Gov. Tony Knowles ordered flags lowered to half-staff today and Friday.

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