Retired Army COL. ROBERT NELSON LUND, 76, of Anchorage, died July 15, 2002 in a San Francisco area hospital following heart surgery. A celebration of life was held at St. Mary's Episcopal Church in Anchorage Aug. 5 followed by a potluck and sharing of stories. Burial was in Arlington National Cemetery.
Col. Lund was born March 27, 1926, in Jamestown, N.Y., where he became the state's youngest licensed hunting guide and later established one of the first specialty ski shops in the United States. Col. Lund was a member of the 10th Mountain Division in Italy in World War II, served in Korea, did three tours in Vietnam with Special Forces and was an adviser to the Royal Thai Army. He received numerous medals and commendations including the Silver Star, Bronze Star and several Purple Hearts. His family wrote: ''He was a soldier once, and young. The consummate warrior and raconteur, Col. Lund will long be remembered for his stories, his sense of humor and his dedication to duty, honor, country. His like will not be seen again.''
Col. Lund came to Alaska in 1974 with Bechtel and subsequently worked with Alyeska and Moolin management teams on the trans-Alaska pipeline, the Barrow Utilidor and the Susitna Hydroelectric Project. After his fourth retirement, he worked with Hope Community Resources. ''The Colonel'' loved the outdoors, fishing, canoeing, photography, car racing, shooting and golfing. He was known as ''Mr. Smooth'' on Alyeska's ski slopes.
He is survived by his wife and best friend, Dr. Eileen Lally of Anchorage; daughters, Annabel Lund of Pacific Grove, Calif., and Christina Lund of Washington, D.C.; sister, Jeanne Tanner of Baltimore; nephews, Dr. Scott Tanner of Kalamazoo and Campbell Tanner of Boston; niece, Ellen Wise of Cleveland; and his feline friends, Cleo and Neffi.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hope Community Resources, 540 W. International Road, Anchorage 99518, or the Tenth Mountain Division Foundation, 133 S. Van Gordon St., Suite 200, Lakewood, CO 80228.