Flags Lowered to Honor Alaska’s First Native Superior Court Judge

Governor Walker orders flags lowered for former Kodiak Judge Roy Madsen


Click here for a very interesting obituary and documentation of Judge Madsen’s life which on the Leisnoi Incorporated website..Maggie



State flags are flying at half-staff this week to honor the first Alaska Native to become a superior court judge.

Former Kodiak judge Roy Madsen passed away Dec. 26 at the age of 94.

Alaska is a better state because of Madsen’s service, said Governor Bill Walker in a press release. The judge led a life of service, leadership and honor, Walker said.

Madsen was born in Kanatak on the Alaska Peninsula in 1923, and his family moved to Kodiak when he was four.

Madsen served as superior court judge 15 years in the Kodiak. The court house was named in his honor in 2013.

He received degrees from Oregon State College and Lewis and Clark University and worked in the district attorney’s office in Clackamas County, Oregon.

Madsen was an active and popular Native Elder in the Kodiak community. His contributions to the state included being a member of the University of Alaska Board of as well as the first president of the Kodiak community college, which he helped establish, and where he taught business law.

Judge Madsen also worked on the passage of the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act.

Judge Madsen held many jobs before joining the bench, including working in his father’s bear hunting camp, serving in the Navy on a Patrol Torpedo boat in World War II, as well as commercial fishing in Bristol Bay.

A community celebration of Madsen’s life is planned for this summer.