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Loyd Gathman 71, of Thorne Bay AK, died peacefully in Ketchikan on January 5, 2008.
He was born Sept. 18, 1936, in Fort Scott, Kansas, the son of the late Loyd Francis Gathman and Ila Ramey Gathman.
He graduated from Lamar High School in 1954 and received a master’s degree from the University of Missouri. Loyd lived in Pennsylvania from 1963 to 1969, then in Australia from 1969 to 1977 and Anchorage from 1977 to 1995. He has lived in Thorne Bay since 1995.
He was known as “The Velvet Hammer” while working as the Health Facility Surveyor of substance abuse programs for the State of Alaska. Loyd devoted close to 30 years of volunteer service working with the Annual School of Addiction Studies. He was very active with the substance abuse directors. After retiring from the state he was the Executive Director for COHO (Communities Organized for Health Options) on the Prince of Wales Island.
He is survived by his daughter, Lori Fossett of Downingtown, PA,; sisters, Susan Morgan of Annville, PA and Linda Fritsch of Abingdon, VA; son-in-law Tom Fossett of Downingtown and two grandchildren. Contribution to Loyd’s memory can be made to the Craig Clinic, 506 3rd Street, Craig, AK 99921.
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