Ukpeaġvik Iñupiat Corporation would like to extend our most sincere condolences to the family of Dr. Oliver Aveogan Leavitt. Oliver Leavitt, husband, father, grandfather, whaling captain, and champion for the people of the North Slope will be deeply missed. Married to his wife, Annie Hopson Leavitt, for more than 50 years, a father of three children, and a lifetime resident of Utqiaġvik, Oliver’s legacy will hold steadfast for generations to come.
Oliver was a dynamic leader and was pivotal in passing the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act of 1972. As one of the North Slope’s most respected leaders, Oliver was a lifelong advocate for our People, our community, and our culture – his commitment was unwavering.
“Dr. Leavitt was an inspirational Iñupiaq leader, laying the groundwork that not only empowered our Iñupiaq people, but has empowered Alaska Native Peoples across the entire state of Alaska. His dedication, sacrifice, and a lifetime of service will not be forgotten and will continue to inspire leaders for generations to come,” said Dr. Pearl K. Brower, UIC President/CEO.
“My deepest sympathies go to Annie and the family; we are all grieving with them. Oliver’s lifelong efforts ensured that the people, knowledge, and history of the North Slope not only survived but prospered. We remember his contribution and dedication to the Barrow Whaling Captain’s Association and Search and Rescue efforts across the North Slope. Our prayers for peace and comfort are with the entire Leavitt family and our whole community,” said UIC Chairman Price E. Brower.