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Fond Memories

Letters / Anchorage Daily News / November 12, 2009

We missed Gordon Haber's memorial service, finding out about it after the fact. Had we known in time, we would certainly have attended.

When we first met Gordon in the summer of 1966 he was unforgettable because of his passion for wolves. He was young, still in graduate school, and working as a seasonal ranger naturalist at McKinley National Park; Bob was the enforcement ranger at Toklat. Gordon was out at Toklat as often as possible looking for wolf dens.

All he wanted to do was be with the wolves, study them and protect them. He loved them. We think he must have been a wolf in a previous life. And through the years we have not forgotten him, wishing him well, and we will not forget him now.

We also remember Johnny Johnson, whom we met when he, too, was a ranger. He was a burly young football player from Texas just beginning a career as a wildlife photographer in McKinley Park.

-- Bob and Svaja Worthington



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