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The University of Alaska Board of Regents unanimously passed a resolution honoring the late Dr. Alan Boraas' life and legacy during its full board meeting on Jan. 17 in Anchorage. Boraas passed
away on Nov. 4, 2019. The resolution also renames the Kenai Peninsula College Anthropology
Lab the Alan ‘Tiqutsex’ Boraas Anthropology Lab as a tribute to his legacy of teaching,
research and service.
KPC’s longest-serving professor, Boraas taught for 46 years and offered 36 different
courses. His work and life extended far beyond the classroom. He was known for inspiring
students with his enthusiasm and a deep love of learning.
“After I announced Alan’s death to the University of Alaska Anchorage senior leadership, a UAA dean wrote, ‘Alan was a giant at UAA,'” said Gary J. Turner, KPC director. “Few people rise to the level where only their first name is needed, and Alan is one.’ I think his quote epitomizes Alan’s legacy not just to UAA, but to UA as a whole and to our state.”
“Dr. Boraas was far more than a professor to me,” wrote UA student Christopher Beard in a Facebook post. “I thought of him as a mentor, and even as a friend. He was there for me in some of my most difficult times in the past two years. We would sit in his office, among the stacks of books and papers; and simply talk. He listened with patience, empathy and without judgment. When asked for advice his words were honest, straight forward, and from the heart.”