Juneau resident Alexander A. Lukshin, 72, died Aug. 2, 2006, at Swedish Hospital in Seattle after battling cancer for almost three years.
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He was born April 22, 1934, in Beirut, Lebanon, where his parents were professors at the American University. Due to the onset of World War II, his family moved to Boston in 1940. He attended Massachusetts Institute Technology and later graduated from Tufts University in 1956 with a Bachelor of Science in chemistry. He worked for IBM as a systems engineer for more than 26 years, moving to Juneau in 1981 and retiring in 1990.
After retirement, he spent his time as a referee for softball, basketball and other sports in Juneau. He served as chairman of the Juneau Parks and Recreation Committee.
"In his spare time, he continued as an avid learner, sailor, boater and explorer," said family members. "He loved traveling throughout the world to places like New Zealand, Europe and South Pacific, but he was just as happy at Takhini Hot Springs, just outside Whitehorse."
According to family members he spent many a night at the Augustus Brown Pool sauna, "talking about life in Juneau and current events."
"We will always carry a piece of him in our hearts as a father, opa, uncle, father-in-law and friend to many," they said.
He is survived by his three children, Michael Lukshin, of Juneau, Steven Lukshin, of Anchorage, and Tanya Aggar, of Seattle; three brothers, Miki Lukshin, of Austin, Texas, Nick Lukshin, of Parkersburg, W.Va., and Paul Lukshin, of Ceres, Calif.; former wife, Joekie Struick, of Seattle; three granddaughters of Juneau, Katherine, Juliana and Emily Lukshin; and grandson, Jonathan Aggar, of Seattle.
A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. on Aug. 12 at the Shrine of St. Therese in Juneau. All of his friends are welcome to attend.
Remembrances may be made to The Swedish Cancer Institute, 747 Broadway, Seattle, WA, 98122-4307.