George was a significant asset to rural Alaska and did a lot of good as state senator, including his work on the permanent fund and for elders. Unfortunately, being effective for rural Alaska also means being a target.
This news story is a fair summary of a remarkable person.
BETHEL, AK (2006-11-24) Residents in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta are giving thanks this week for having known George Hohman. The former state senator and Bethel city manager passed away peacefully Monday after a long illness. He was 74.
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A little bit more background–
George joined the military in 1952, studied Russian language at the Presidio in Monterey. In 1954 he was sent to Fort Richardson in Alaska where he was a Russian translator, and then to the Pnbilof Islands to study the influence of the Russian language on the Native language in that area. He returned to Alaska with his family in 1962 to teach for the Bureau of Indian Affairs in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta. He taught in the villages of Emmonak, Nunapitchuk, Bethel and was principal/teacher in Kwigillingok for two years.
In 1972 he successfully ran for the State Senate. George represented the Yukon-Kuskokwim and Bristol Bay Districts in the Alaska State Legislature for 16 years, serving in both the House and Senate.