Lee Alverson was a trailblazing biologist who helped explore and protect North Pacific fisheries.
Shortly after the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill in Alaska, a company representative called marine biologist Lee Alverson and proposed to hire his consulting firm to help assess damage in the aftermath of a disaster that dumped some 11 million gallons of crude into Prince William Sound.
It was a lucrative offer that likely could result in multimillion-dollar billing fees.
He turned it down
"That's one thing that showed me the integrity of my father," recalls his daughter, Susan Alverson Wilson. "He said he loved the fishermen and wanted to represent them."
Dayton Lee Alverson, a longtime resident of Normandy Park, died Saturday at the age of 88, deep into a remarkable career as a trailblazing scientist who helped explore, launch and protect the North Pacific fisheries pursued by Seattle-based fleets.
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