Former Anchorage resident, Alfred "Al" Bruck, 87, died June 28, 2013 at the Olympic Medical Center in Port Angeles, WA.
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A service was held Saturday, July 6th at Sun Land Golf and Country Club in Sequim, Washington. According to his wishes, Al's ashes will be repatriated to Alaska.
Al was born in Berlin in 1925 to Ernst and Beatrice (Asarch) Bruck. In 1938, the family moved to Los Angeles. As soon as Al was 18, he enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corp.
In 1948, Al and a friend drove the Alaska-Canada Highway to attend college at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. Al graduated with a BS in Civil Engineering and later completed his Master's degree. He liked to mention that they were in the very first graduating class of Civil Engineers from the University.
Al married Lois McDougall in 1953 and they moved to Juneau in 1954 where Al worked for the Alaska National Guard. Al was with the FAA for 32 years, retiring as the Airway Facilities Division Chief for the Alaska Sector. He was highly regarded for his leadership, for empowering women in the field and for supporting his "troops" and felt strongly that a good manager was one that got out to the field to truly understand the projects, as well as the people who managed them. Both Al and his wife, Lois, were true ambassadors for both FAA and the State of Alaska, hosting new FAA families, visiting dignitaries and colleagues in their home or touring them around the State.
Al retired from the FAA in 1988 and moved to Federal Way where worked for Raytheon for five years before moving to Sequim. Although he took up golf late in life, he became an avid player who played 3-4 times a week, until he was 86. Al particularly enjoyed the annual FAA retiree's golf retreat.
Al became involved in the Clallam Ditch Company and for several years worked as the Project Manager overseeing an irrigation project. This project was incredibly important to Al as he saw it as a way to give back to his community in a meaningful way and he did it all as a volunteer. During this time, he met most of the landowners in Sequim, as well as many engineers and other professionals that have become dear friends.
Al is survived by his brother, Henry; daughter and son-in-law, Donna and Jim Ingalls; son, John Bruck; daughter and son-in-law, Maria and Gary Hammond and daughter and son-in-law Barbara and Jeffrey Callahan. Also survived by daughter-in-law, Marguerite Johnson and grandchildren, Jack, Richard, Kristy, Eric, Melissa, Danielle, Sara and several great-grandchildren.
Published in adn.com from July 10 to July 15, 2013