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For Immediate Release
October 1, 2009


It is with great appreciation of service, that the Atwood Foundation respectfully announces the recent passing of Robert (Bob) N. Reeves, President of the Atwood Foundation.

Mr. Reeves was named President of the Atwood Foundation in 2003, following the death of Elaine Atwood. As President, Mr. Reeves devoted his efforts to honor the memory of Bob and Evangeline Rasmuson Atwood, and dutifully carried out their mission for the Atwood Foundation. The Foundation was established in 1962, to benefit the people of Anchorage Alaska and vicinity, particularly the young people through assisting financially in the initiation, completion and maintenance of Education and Arts projects.

Ed Rasmuson, Chairman of the Atwood Foundation: “This week, Alaska has lost a genuine leader and educator. As President of the Atwood Foundation, Bob guided the Foundation’s grant giving to support a wide variety of organizations affiliated with Arts and Education.”

While President, Mr. Reeves directed over $1M in annual giving to strengthen the arts and education in Anchorage. He forged and nurtured relationships with others working to make life better in Alaska, and was considered a good friend and advisor to many in the philanthropic sector. He will be remembered with admiration by his colleagues in philanthropy in Alaska and by the many organizations whose work he championed.

Since 2002, the Atwood Foundation has made a total of $6.6 million in grants. To learn more about the Atwood Foundation please visit our website at

The Atwood Estate donates Atwood Family Papers to UAA/APU Consortium Library
Collection of documents offers a glimpse into the lives of the Atwood family

Anchorage, AK - Ed Rasmuson, personal representative for the Atwood Estate, recently arranged for the donation of the Atwood Family Papers to the UAA/APU Consortium Library. Through letters, business documents, diaries, photos and more, the Atwood Family Papers will offer the community a glimpse into the business and personal lives of the distinguished family, and also the growth of Anchorage.

The Atwood family has been extremely influential in the development of Alaska's social, economic and civic life. over a period of 70 years, Bob Atwood his wife Evangeline Rasmuson Atwood and their daughters Marilyn and Elaine, made change and progress a part of their lives. Their efforts and leadership inspired visions of greatness and hope among those who were part of Alaska in territorial days and in the years that followed after statehood became a reality.

Accompanying the papers is a $109,000 gift also from the Atwood Estate, that will be used to pay for the processing of the collection, production of a research guide and the creation of a commemorative web site highlighting the family's legacy in Alaska. "It's quite rare that we receive any funding with archival donations," said Steve Rollins, Dean of the UAA/APU Consortium Library "The $109,000 is the largest donation that UAA has ever received with any collection"

The UAA/APU Consortium Library will soon welcome 200 boxes of documents to be processed and archived - a great addition to its 1,000 archival collections. Existing library collections include the papers of Jack Roderick, Arliss Sturgulewski and former Governor Walter Hickel.

Jessica D Hammlin • Office of University Advancement

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