Wednesday, September 17, 2003

Charles F. Herbert, 93, prospected in Alaska

By Rebecca Goodman
The Cincinnati Enquirer

Cincinnati native Charles Francis Herbert, former commissioner of natural resources for Alaska, died Sept. 3 in Kailua Kona, Hawaii. He was 93.

Born in Cincinnati in 1910, he headed for Cordova, Alaska, at 16 and graduated with a bachelor's degree in mining from the University of Alaska in Fairbanks in 1934. During his 20 years in Fairbanks, he served as a legislator for the North Star Borough. He also was in the Navy during World War II.

Mr. Herbert prospected all over Alaska, British Columbia, Yukon, South America and Africa. Gov. Bill Egan appointed him commissioner of natural resources in the 1960s.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Roberta Roberts McInerey.

Survivors include: two sons, Steve of Kona, Hawaii, and Paul of Friday Harbor, Wash.; a sister, Carolyn von Stein of Cincinnati; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Services have been held.



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