Z. J. Loussac

Obit:Monday, March 15, 1965

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Z. J. Loussac, retired Anchorage businessman, civic leader and philanthropist, died at a Seattle hospital March 15, He was 82 years old. Born in Russia, he attended college there and came to the United States by way of Germany in the early 1900's. After graduating from the New York College of Pharmacy, now a part of New York University, he was lured North by the rush for gold and landed at Nome in 1907. His gold mining venture there failed, and in 1909 he moved on to the Iditarod to take a partnership in a drug store. Two years later the store burned to the ground, and after it was rebuilt the business failed. Mr. Loussac retreated temporarily to San Francisco, but in 1913 he was back in Alaska to stay for the next 40 years. He opened a drug store in Juneau and, in 1916, another in Anchorage. From that time on he expanded his interest to include Investments in real estate and in the Evan Jones coal mine, still a major producer.

He retired from the business world in 1942 and gave his full time to civic and charitable work. Twice he was elected mayor of Anchorage, and he served as president of the Pioneers of Alaska, the Chamber of Commerce and other civic groups. He also was a member of the Territorial Board of Pharmacy, the Alaska Housing Authority, and the board of trustees of the Alaska Methodist University. In October of 1946, he established the Loussac Foundation to further social, scientific and cultural activities in the Anchorage area, particularly for young people. From that source alone came a half- million dollars for the financing of Anchorage's public library. Other beneficiaries of the foundation include the University of Alaska, Alaska Methodist University, the Anchorage Community Theater among many others. In 1853 he retired from public life and made his home in Seattle, but he was a frequent visitor to his beloved Anchorage which, he said, had been "good to me." He explained, "Everything that I earned came from here, and I want it used here."

NOTES: The Washington Death Index shows Zachary J. Loussac died in Seattle, WA on 15 Mar 1965.

The Alaska, Find A Grave Index shows that Zachary Joshua Loussac was born 13 July 1882, and died 15 March 1965.

The Social Security Death Index shows that Zachary Loussac was born 13 July 1883, failing to take into account his date of death, prior to his next birthday.

Source: Alaska Sportsman, July 1965

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