Sealaska directors and staff are saddened to learn that former President and CEO Robert Loescher walked into the forest on November 11, 2015. Loescher began working for Sealaska in the Natural Resources department in 1979. He was promoted to Vice President in 1986 and Executive Vice President in 1989. His most notable position was as President and CEO from 1997 – 2001.
Loescher laid the foundation for many of Sealaska's accomplishments relating to land/resource management and protecting Native rights to use and manage ANCSA lands. In a 2006 interview regarding opening the rolls for Sealaska descendants he talked about Native ownership of land and the need to focus benefits for not only current shareholders but benefits for future generations.
“We have to do things in a manner to protect our land and water, the fish and wildlife, our air, and every thing that we have for at least seven generations … think about seven generations as we deal with our culture and our society, and protect what God has given us – our land and where we exist.” --- Bob Loescher on opening the rolls for Sealaska descendants (2006)
“Our thoughts are with Bob’s family at this time,” said Sealaska President and CEO Anthony Mallott. “Bob's mentoring nature and passion for Native land ownership and management had a profound impact on Alaska’s natural resources. He supported state policy that was guided by science and research. He led state policy negotiations at the request of Governor Cowper, relating to ANCSA timberland management and development through the Alaska State Forest Practices Act.”
Loescher gave his time and energy to many organizations that are important to Southeast Alaska Natives such as the Tlingit and Haida Regional Housing Authority (THRHA). Bob served as THRHA Executive Director. In addition he served on the Tlingit and Haida Regional Electrical Authority and Tlingit and Haida Housing Development Corporation. He served on the City and Borough of Juneau Assembly at the age of 21, the Society of American Foresters, the Alaska Forest Association, the Resource Development Council, and the Southeast Timber Task Force to name a few.
“Looking over Bob’s career, I’ve been impressed that he commercial fished while maintaining executive duties,” said Mallott. “His dedication to our traditional livelihoods and connection to forest and land will be never forgotten.” Bob Loescher was Tlingit / Eagle moiety from the Chookeneidi clan. His family comes from Hoonah and Sitka. His Tlingit name was Kahtushtu’. He was 68 years old.