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In Memory

Frank Austin Therrell, Jr.

Frank Austin Therrell, Jr.

Former Alaska resident Frank A. Therrell Jr., 72, died April 10, 1998, at his home in Tyler, Texas. No local service was planned.

Mr. Therrell was born April 13, 1925, in El Dorado, Ark.; he had lived in Anchorage from 1967 to 1977.

He is survived by his son and daughter, Frank Therrell III and Nancy Sefers, both of Ester. Memorials are suggested to Ester Community Park, Ester AK 99725.

Published in the Anchorage Daily News on April 16, 1998

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07/30/14 11:01 AM #1    

Larry Motschenbacher

I wanted to share a few newspapers excerpts mentioning Frank Therrell, Jr.  - Larry

Anchorage Daily News, January 5, 1971 

From ALPS Hopes to Begin Work on Road, Pipeline Before Year is Ove by A Cameron Edmonson, Business and Resources Editor. --  Trans-Alaska pipeline project engineer Frank A. Therrell, JR. told the Greater Anchorage Chamber of Commerce at a luncheon meeting Monday that Alyeska Pipeline Service Co. hopes to being work on both the service road and the actual pipeline this year. ¶  

But, Terrell pointed out in his Monday talk, the specific design work can't be done until they know for sure they have a right-of-way and are certain where it will be.  "You can't build the house until you have title to the lot," he said.

Therrell disclosed that the problem of routing through the narrow and scenic Keystone Canyon has be resolved in an agreement with the state. ¶  The line will be laid on a high bench on the North side of the canyon, out of sight of the highway.  When the project is completed, ALPS will provide an access trail for hikers to use the area which has great potential for such recreation, Therrell said.

Anchorage Daily News, July 24, 1971 

Interior Secretary Rogers C. B. Morton -- the man who will rule on the trans-Alaska pipeline permit -- arrived in Alaska last Sunday, Monday Morton flew the pipeline route to Prudhoe Bay, site of the historic oil discovery.  At far right, Morton [on right] walks the route -- near Fairbanks -- with Frank Therrell, [on left] engineer for Alyeska Pipelne Service Co.

Times-Picayune (New Orleans), Apr 28, 1974

From Colosaal Task Confronts Alaska PIpeline Builders by John Barbour, AP Featurewriter

Frank A. Therrell, an oil company engineer who has been on the pipeline since it was deemed feasible in 1968, explains its uniqueness:  "What strikes me is the remoteness. It's like going back to the very early days of pipeline when they needed large crews, almost like marshalling a small army.  You had your tent camps and your cooks and your mules.  When equipment now, but we still have to contend with the remoteness."

"There's now town on that pipeline where -- if you were to move in with a thousand men -- you could find beds for them.  So you have to go in and essentially build new little cities for them." 

...Below the winter snow ar caribou moss and reindeer lichen, and the mishmash of plants that make up the tundra. "It's that very thick, plush vegetative mat that helps act as an insulator," explains Therrell. "And that's why the permafrost there is very close to the surface -- only eighteen inches to a foot down in the summertime."

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