Allen T. Compton

Posted: Friday, October 17, 2008

Former chief justice of the Alaska Supreme Court and former Juneau resident Allen T. Compton died Oct. 11, 2008, at his home in Anchorage. He was 70.

Born Feb. 25, 1938 in Kansas City, Mo., to Allen Trimble Compton and Helen McCormick, he graduated from the Pembroke-Country Day school in Kansas City in 1956, and earned a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Kansas at Lawrence in 1960. He graduated from the University of Colorado School of Law at Boulder in 1963.

He also served in the Marine Corps Reserve for six years. He began his career as a Legal Services attorney in Colorado Springs, then moved to Alaska to work for Legal Services in Juneau.

He was appointed to the Superior Court in Juneau in 1976 and was elevated to the Alaska Supreme Court in 1981, where he worked until 1998, serving as chief justice from 1994 to 1997.

He dedicated his career to applying the principles of justice equally to all members of society. He was a mentor to generations of lawyers, known for his passion, common sense and razor-sharp wit. An extremely humble and genuine man, he had a good sense of style and humor. A curious and committed student of life, he was an endless source of information and wisdom. He was also an avid outdoorsman and never stopped appreciating the many natural wonders of Alaska.

He is survived by his son, John Travis Compton and wife, Keely Henderson, of New York City, whose recent wedding was a highlight for Allen; daughter, Amanda Compton, of Anchorage; son, Andrew Compton, of Reno, Nev.; and sister, JoAnn Jones, and her daughters, Penny Selle and Liz Ferron, of Kansas City, Mo.

In accordance with his wishes, no formal services will be held. Contributions in his memory can be made to the Allen T. Compton Memorial Fund, Alaska Legal Services Corporation, 9170 Jewel Lake Road, Suite 100, Anchorage, AK 99502.



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