Darlin, Gruening are honored by chamber

Posted: Sunday, November 17, 2002

The Juneau Chamber of Commerce gave longtime volunteer Marie Darlin its lifetime achievement award Saturday night. Alaska Committee Chairman Win Gruening was named citizen of the year.

The awards were presented Saturday night at the business organization's banquet.

Darlin is a lifelong resident who graduated from Juneau High School in 1943, studied at Juneau-Douglas Community College and made a career in human resource management. She went to work for the federal Bureau of Indian Affairs and worked for other government agencies until she retired as Juneau School District personnel officer in 1983.

She has been an active volunteer, working with the AARP, tourism and history groups, the state and city museums and other groups. She has served on the chamber's tourism and University of Alaska committees.

In 1996, Darlin received the first lady's volunteer award from Susan Knowles.

Gruening led the Alaska Committee through the recent campaign to defeat Ballot Measure 2, which would have moved legislative sessions from Juneau to Anchorage or the Matanuska-Susitna Borough.

Gruening is the grandson of former territorial Gov. Ernest Gruening. He attended the U.S. Air Force Academy and served as a pilot.

Gruening is senior vice president at Key Bank in Juneau. He has volunteered with a variety of local groups, including the Eaglecrest Ski Area Board of Directors, the JDHS girls' basketball program, and the University of Alaska Southeast Foundation.

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