Anchorage retiree remembers kindness and repays Haines
January 7, 2021
Wally Smith, 83, a retired industrial arts teacher in Anchorage, donated $1,000 to Haines disaster relief efforts last month because he “had a kindness to repay to those who were kind to me” during a trip to the Southeast community in 1964.
Smith was responding to the Dec. 2 mudslide that killed two people, damaged homes and stunned the Lynn Canal community.
Back in 1964, Smith was on his way to the Haines ferry terminal bound for the Lower 48, where he would attend graduate school in Colorado. While driving through Canada, a fellow teacher had mechanical problems with his pickup truck....