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Notices in this section are limited to names of those who have achieved pioneer status through many years in the North, or who are otherwise of unquestioned importance in the daily scene.
Randy Acord, 89, died May 19 in Fairbanks. Co-founder of the Alaska Air Pioneer Museum, he was one of Alaska's best-known aviation historians. In the 1940s he was a cold-weather testing-station pilot at Ladd Field and a captain with Wien Air Alaska. Later, he started his own business as a food distributor to villages off the road system. Accord compiled an oral history of the technical details of his flights and invested his own money in the creation of the museum at Pioneer Park in the 1990s. He was awarded the Alaska-Siberia Lend Lease Award for his contributions to Russian-North American relations during World War II. [Sep2008]
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