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David Roderick Jr.
Former Anchorage resident David M. Roderick Jr., 86, died Dec. 4, 2007, in Seattle.
Born Oct. 29, 1921, the son of Mary Louise Rochester and David M. Roderick, he attended Seattle's Isaac I. Stevens grade school, Broadway High School, and the University of Washington.
He enlisted in the ROTC at the University of Washington in 1940, and transferred two years later to the U.S. Naval Air Corps cadet training program. Commissioned an ensign in the U.S. Navy Air Corps in 1944, he flew twin-engine planes in the Pacific during 1944-46.
He captained the nationally recognized University of Washington crew in 1946. While serving in the state of Washington Legislature, he obtained his L.L.D., a doctorate-level degree in law, at UW.
After 16 years of practicing law in Seattle, he came to Alaska in 1972 to be the attorney for Alaska State Housing Authority in its organizational stages. One year later, he was its general counsel.
From 1979 to 1985, he served as chief counsel for the Alaska Railroad, then as administrative law hearing officer for Alaska's Commerce & Economic Development Department.
Describing himself several years ago, he wrote: "Son, brother, father, grandfather, uncle, lawyer, pilot, Bill's friend and helper to all Bill's friends, and 'Puppy's' (his cat) slave," he was an avid skier and longtime member of the Anchorage downtown Rotary Club.
"His infectious good humor and great spirit will be greatly missed," his family wrote.
Survivors include his sons, David and John of Seattle, and Bartley of Selah, Wash.; daughters, Susan of Seattle and Dr. Laura Lee Roderick of Olympia, Wash.; his brother, John R. Roderick of Anchorage; and six nieces and nephews.
His sister, Julia Lee Knudsen, preceded him in death
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