Former governor stable after being hospitalized for aneurism

Bill Sheffield said to be in good spirits after undergoing tests

Posted: Friday, June 15, 2007

ANCHORAGE - An aortic aneurism has landed former Alaska Gov. Bill Sheffield in the hospital, where he was reported in stable condition Thursday.

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Sheffield, 78, is the director of the Anchorage port. Port spokeswoman Laurie Herman said he was undergoing tests to determine when the abdominal aneurism would be removed.

"He's in great spirits," she said. "You can't keep him down for long."

Sheffield went to a doctor Tuesday because of pain in his lower back. Tests Wednesday revealed the aneurism and he was sent to Alaska Regional Hospital.

He had an angioplasty in 1985.

Sheffield has been port director since 2001, when he was appointed by former Mayor George Wuerch.

"Gov. Sheffield has done a great job overseeing the massive expansion of the Port of Anchorage and we look forward to him returning soon to complete that effort," Mayor Mark Begich said.

Sheffield was the sixth governor of Alaska, serving from 1982-1986.

While he is in the hospital, port engineer Todd Cowles will serve as acting port director.

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