Ben J. Atkinson


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Ben J. Atkinson, 49, director of the physical plant and campus planning for the University of Alaska, died suddenly of a heart attack in Fairbanks. Surviving are his wife, Helen Linck Atkinson, former Fairbanks city engineer and member of the Board of Regents of the University of Alaska; and a son, Ben J. Atkinson, Jr. Atkinson came to Alaska in 1939, working for the Alaska Railroad and as a farm laborer before joining the armed forces. He served combat missions in African and European theaters during World War II, returning to Alaska to enter the University where he graduated in engineering in 1947. He spent several years as an engineering consultant in the Arctic for the DEW line and in the oil fields before joining the University of Alaska staff in 1957 as chief engineer. [Jan1967]

NOTES: The 1940 US Federal Census shows Banjamin Atkinson, Junior was born about 1918 in Indiana. He had residences in Indiana and Fairbanks, Fourth Judicial Division, Alaska.

The Fairbanks, Alaska Cemetery Records show a Benjamin Atkinson born 2/9/17 and died 22 Oct 1966.

The Alaska, Find A Grave Index shows a Benjamin Atkinson born 9 February 1917, and died 22 Oct 1966.

Source: Alaska Sportsman, Jan 1967

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