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May 21, 2017
My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
November 15, 2015
Any day is a good day to remember Hugh! Thinking of you too Lanie.
November 15, 2015
Lanie, reread these wonderful words left by all of us. It lifted my spirits and reminded me of the purpose we hold for life. So good to read again, so good to have known Hugh, so good to know you.

Much love from us both, Jay and Gene

Jacob and Eugene Dugan-Brause, London
December 08, 2013
Hugh embodied the best qualities of those who keep democracy from dying: a strong sense of justice and decency, and an unrelenting hope that others would work with him to strengthen democracy. Hugh enriched life in a multitude of ways for everyone in Alaska.
November 29, 2013
On Thanksgiving, I've been reflecting, as most of us do. I perused the many letters of recognition and condolence, and was reassured of the truth, 'that a man does not die while his name continues to be said by others.' Hugh Fleischer has earned himself a long life.
November 28, 2013
Hugh inspired me to give back to our community. He chaired the Anchorage Library board one year when I volunteered as the co-ordinator of Friday Night Flicks, and I never saw the board get along so well nor get so much work done. He set such a good example and gently steered contentious board members in the right direction. Lanie, you and Hugh introduced me to balsamic vinegar way back when over one of his lovely tossed salads with, if I remember, lettuces from your garden. I've never used any other kind of vinegar since, ironic, because Hugh's character was so sweet. Each time we met, often at a concert, he was smiling. He was generous with his time, attention, and spirit. A good person lives on in his—or, Lanie, her—children. Hugh lives on in all of our good memories.
November 25, 2013
We here in St. Louis benefitted personally and professionally when the Fleischer family spent a year in St. Louis in the early 1970's. The work of the Legal Aid Society as it was known then was enormously enhanced by Hugh's skills and mentoring. Such a joy to have known him and Lanie and his death is such a loss. He inspired so many social justice workers.
November 06, 2013
Living in Alaska for thirty-one years, I have not known a man for whom I had more respect and admiration, not just for the many people and causes that he, so stalwartly and righteously, represented, but for his genuine decency. He seemed to always have a good word and a smile for you. Hugh Fleischer was, simply, a very good man. I will miss him and never ever forget him. My most sincere condolences to Lanie, his family and many friends.
November 06, 2013
Lanie and family,

I wanted to add to my last entry since I just learned of Hugh's death this morning. I will always remember him for his passion for social justice, his compassion for others and his love of life. People like Hugh just don't come along every day and I was fortunate that our paths crossed for the time that they did. I remember his stories of Medgar Evers and Martin Luther King as well as Larry Flynt and Jewel. When we were in New Orleans together, he talked about knowing Harry Connick, Sr. and his personal knowledge of Jim Garrison and the aftermath of JFK's assassination. He was a living history book and cherished the opportunity to share his stories. My favorite was hearing about his duties in 1971 during the March on Washington and being giving his assignment by John Dean--causing him to quit the Department of Justice.

Hugh never ceased to amaze me with his activities--from founding AKPIRG to Alaskans Against the Death Penalty to the Anchorage Symphony.

I still have a photo of the Alaskan Highway displayed on my book shelves that Hugh purchased for me on a road trip. And I have several Birdsall paintings (You and Hugh introduced me to Byron Birdsall at one of the many gatherings at your home) including one of your living room.

While we didn't stay in touch over the past few years, I will always remember his many kindnesses to me and think of him fondly. My heart goes out to all of you.

Love, Janet
November 06, 2013
Lanie, Robin, Erin, Ian and all of the rest of the family and friends who knew and loved Hugh, my heart and thoughts are with you. The world has lost a remarkable man and left a void that will not be replaced. Love from New Jersey, Janet

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