Timothy M. Lynch passed away on Tuesday, April 5, 2016, at his home in Anchorage, Alaska. He was born on Oct. 6, 1942, and left home at the age of 12 to attend St. Mary’s Manor, a minor seminary. In 1960, he enlisted in the Air Force, learned Russian and served in Turkey. From 1964-1971, he attended the University of Kentucky, working full-time to support himself. He was a grocery clerk, proofreader, front-page editor, translator and law clerk. Tim earned a Bachelor of Arts in Russian Behavioral Political Science and a law degree. The highlight of law school was winning a Moot Court trial against his two highest-ranking classmates. In 1969, Tim married his wife, Edie. Two years later they drove a Volkswagen Bug up the Alaska-Canada Highway.
Mr. Lynch’s legal career spanned 44 years, 42 in private practice with many partners. He clerked for Judge James Fitzgerald and was a historian at heart. He served on the 9th Judicial Circuit Historical Society Board of Directors, and its successor the Advisory Council (2010). As a member of the Alaska Bar Historians Committee he helped develop the Alaska Bar’s 100th Anniversary Exhibit, which is housed in the Anchorage Museum. Throughout his life Tim offered his services to anyone who needed them through organizations or one-on-one. For more than 15 years he was an active volunteer in the legal section and member of the Organizing Committee for the Alaska Workers Association, an organization that assists low-income workers.
Mr. Lynch is survived by his wife, Edie; his daughter, Kate; his son, Collin and wife Min; his granddaughter, KaQing; and grandson, KaiYi. He is also survived by his brother, Frank; sister, Ann; Aunt Roberta; and his Lynch, Hammond and Hardebeck cousins.
We mourn the loss of our good friend and colleague whose warm spirit and joy will be truly missed by all.