Alaska Visionary Dies at 72

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 railbelt 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 mentored youth as well.

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