Glen Price JD ’89 passed peacefully in his home in the early morning of July 15, 2019, surrounded by his family. His ashes will be spread over the river in Mertarvik, Alaska.
Glen was born on August 6, 1955, to Renee and Alvin Price in Roslyn, New York. He ventured to Alaska in 1975 in order to “get as far from Seaside, New York,” as he could. He earned a BS in natural resources management from the University of Alaska Fairbanks and an MS in environmental law from the University of Vermont. Glen then accepted a program budget analyst position with the governor’s office in Juneau, Alaska, under the administrations of Governors Jay Hammond, William Sheffield, and Steve Cowper. Inspired by this experience, he began a law career. After working as an associate lawyer at the firm Foster, Pepper, Rubini & Reeves, LLC, Glen started his own practice.
As a contract attorney, Glen felt compelled to aid Alaska Native tribes, corporations, and villages in their negotiations with the state and federal governments, as well as with other contractors and industries. He felt that too many lawyers did not put the interests of the Alaska Native peoples first. Glen was a major force in resettling the village of Newtok, which was threatened by coastal erosion, to its current location at Mertarvik. Having put his heart into helping Newtok’s people, he spent 20 years advocating for government assistance and funding for them. The federal legislation that succeeded these years of work is now being used as a blueprint for other villages facing environmental calamities.
Glen had many hobbies and interests. Among them were collecting Alaskan Native art, taking walks with the many German shepherds he raised throughout his life, participating in Alaska politics, and mowing his lawn on his beloved John Deere—sometimes twice daily.
Glen battled many health obstacles over the past 12 years, including a liver and two kidney transplants. Despite this, he retained his good humor and the charming goofiness that enabled him to bring smiles and laughter to his family. He will be truly missed by his beloved family and friends.
Glen is preceded in death by his brother Alan Price; and his stepfather, Walter McQuillen. His surviving family includes his wife, Aurora Price; daughter, Danielle Price; ex-wife and mother of his daughter, Jeanette Bates; mother, Renee McQuillen (Murday); brothers David and Tony Price; sister, Eileen Viola; and many nieces and nephews.