Governor Walker orders all Alaska state flags to be flown at half-staff starting Monday to honor former Alaska State Rep. Dr. Joshua Wright.

Wright died on November 2 at the age of 88. He served in the Alaska House of Representatives from 1970 to 1972, Jonathon Taylor, Deputy Press Secretary for Gov. Walker wrote in a press release Sunday.

“Dr. Wright led a life of professionalism, leadership, and commitment to community, and Alaska is a better state because of his service,” Governor Walker said. “Lt. Governor Mallott, Donna, Toni, and I extend our sincerest condolences to his family and community, and join them in mourning the loss of a great Alaskan.”

Wright was born in Georgetown, South Carolina. He graduated from Howard University with a B.S. in Zoology and a Minor in Chemistry. He also received a Doctor of Dental Surgery, Taylor wrote.

Wright and his wife, Lillie, came to Alaska in 1958 and furthered his dental career here for 55 years before retiring in 2013. He served two years as the President of the Alaska Dental Society and also served on the Anchorage School Board.

Dr. Wright is survived by his wife, three children, three grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.

Flags will be lowered to half-staff starting sunrise on November 13 until sunset on November 15.