Bob DeArmond (1911-2010) Created ‘Window into Past’

Robert Woolsey, KCAW – Sitka

Robert DeArmond is being remembered this week as among the foremost of Alaska’s historians, although DeArmond himself might not have seen it that way.

DeArmond died last Friday (11-26-10) in the Sitka Pioneer’s Home, where he had resided for the last 19 years.

Friends say the 99-year-old DeArmond was averse to the label “historian,” and instead saw himself simply as a researcher of past events, with no desire to argue for a particular point of view. Whatever the case, DeArmond had a lifelong passion for detail that was likely unequaled in Alaska.

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