We join with all of Anchorage in mourning the passing of Tom Fink, a former House speaker and two-term mayor of Alaska’s largest city, at the age of 92.
He had been hospitalized and succumbed Friday to “complications from old age,” his family said.
Fink was mayor of Anchorage from 1987 to 1994, and speaker of the Alaska House from 1973 to 1975. He also was a Republican nominee for governor in 1982, but lost to Democrat Bill Sheffield.
Always a plain talker and seemingly at war with the Anchorage Assembly and the Anchorage Daily News, Fink was a political force to be reckoned with.
“He was a fiscal conservative,” Former Mayor and Gov. Tony Knowles told the Anchorage Daily News on Saturday. “When people talk about the Republican Party, the Grand Old Party, that’s who you think of … you think of people like Tom Fink.”
Fink led Anchorage through some difficult times – a real estate market collapse in the mid- to late-1980s, for instance – and during his time in office gave public officials, the ones who say what they mean and work to serve the public, a good name.
He truly was one of the good guys. He will be missed.