Tlingit Leader Walter Soboleff Passes Away

Rosemarie Alexander, KTOO – Juneau

The Reverend Doctor Walter Soboleff has died — at the age of 102.  He passed away Sunday morning at his home in Juneau.

He was the first Alaska Native pastor in Juneau during segregation — but his church was open to all.

While Walter Soboleff has often been called the spiritual and cultural standard bearer of the Tlingit people, his influence went well beyond.

Ross Soboleff is his youngest son.

He is survived by four children and several grandchildren. Services are pending.

On his 102nd birthday last November, Soboleff reflected on his life with KTOO’s Rosemarie Alexander.

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