Bill Noll, Former Mayor of Seward, Passes Away

Bill Noll, an Alaska entrepreneur and former Mayor of Seward, passed away suddenly on Monday in Anchorage. Noll was 72.

Noll was instrumental in founding the Seward Sea Life Center, and in establishing a coal export facility there.

Noll also worked to promote a hydroelectric project to supply rail belt energy needs.  He was considered a visionary, and served as a Deputy Commissioner of Economics under Governor Wally Hickel and as Commissioner of Commerce under Governor Frank Murkowski.

Family friend Richard Wilson says Noll was a tireless advocate, often without pay, for state projects such as the Watana hydro project on the Susitna River.

Noll served as an Alaska delegate to the Republican National Convention in 2008.

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