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Brian J. Brundin
Brian Brundin Former Fairbanks resident Brian J. Brundin, 68, passed away on Feb. 26, 2008, after a three-year fight with cancer, at his home in St. David, Ariz., with his wife of 47 years and his three children at his side.
Brian was born in 1939 in St. Paul, Minn., and came to Alaska with his parents, Lu and Milt Brundin in 1951, where he grew up in Anchorage and Fairbanks.
Brian graduated from Fairbanks High School in 1957, the University of Alaska in 1961 and Harvard University in 1964. From 1964 to 1966, he served as a captain in the U.S. Army Finance Corps. In 1966 he joined the law firm of Hughes Thorsness & Lowell where he practiced in the commercial law division. He later became a full partner until he went into private practice and moved to Arizona due to his wife's health. He fully retired in 2006 due to his health.
As an attorney and certifed public accountant, Brian's specialty was estate planning and tax law. He regularly lectured on estate planning, instructed in accounting and law at the University of Alaska, and was a frequent presenter at seminars, tax conferences and continuing education. He served on many boards including the World Trade Center Alaska; University of Alaska Foundation; president of the University of Alaska board of regents; University of Alaska Alumni Association; Harvard Law School Fund and the Alaska Center for International Business.
Brian enjoyed boating, gun collecting, hunting, golfing, singing and was active in the metaphysical community. He was a member of the Anchorage and American Bar associations, American Trial Lawyers, Academy of Hospital Attorneys and Attorney-Certified Public Accountants, Anchorage Lions, Rotary, Pioneers of Alaska, Sons of Norway, American Legion and AMVETS.
He is survived by his wife, Carolyn; children and their spouses, Iana and Ron Sayer, Ian and Jayne Brundin and Dane and Christina Brundin; brothers and sister-in-law, Jan and Kathy Brundin and Kip Brundin; sister and brother-in-law, Mia and Bob Nistler; grandchildren, Thera, Shelby, Hillary, Braedi and Kayley Sayer, Sean and Derek Brundin, Gillian, Anneliese and Kimber Brundin; and great-grandchild, Hannah; and many nieces and nephews.
A celebration of life will be held from 2-4 p.m., March 15, at the Spenard La Mex in Anchorage.
Brian requested memorial donations be sent to the Veterans Administration, General Purpose Health Fund, c/o Judy Thompson, 2925 Debarr Road, Anchorage, AK 99508.
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