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Grace Berg Schaible

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Governor  Steve Cowper
Profession  Lawyer
Party  Democratic Party
Political party  Democratic
Spouse  Arthur Schaible (m. 1958)
Succeeded by  Douglas B. Baily
Role  Attorney
Preceded by  Harold M. Brown
Name  Grace Schaible

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Born  Grace L. Berg November 28, 1925 (age 90) Tacoma, Washington, United States (1925-11-28)
Education  University of Alaska Fairbanks
Residence  Fairbanks, Alaska, United States

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Grace Berg Schaible (November 28, 1925 – June 9, 2017) was an American lawyer and politician. In 1987, she became Alaska's first female state attorney general, serving from 1987 to 1989. She also served as the chair of the Alaska Permanent Fund.



Grace Lucile Berg was the daughter of immigrant parents. Her father, Hans A. Berg, was from Otteren (near Davik), Nordfjord, Norway. Her mother, Mandis, hailed from a village near Lindesberg, Sweden. Both arrived in the United States separately in 1910. When her mother was seven months pregnant, she left the Alaska Territory and moved to Tacoma, Washington, where Berg was born on November 28, 1925. While still a babe in arms, she returned with her mother to Alaska. Although her parents were conservative Republicans, she would be a lifelong Democrat.

She attended public schools in Juneau and graduated from high school in May 1943. Rather than immediately enroll in college, she took time off to work. She would alternate between work and academic pursuits until she finished her studies at Yale Law School in January 1959.

Berg married the widowed Arthur Schaible on Christmas Day, 1958 at Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church in New York City. He was a prominent physician in Alaska and head of the Alaska Native Health Services Hospital in Tanana.


After graduating from law school, Schaible clerked for the law firm of McNealy, Merdes, Camarot and Fitzgerald in Fairbanks before taking the bar exam in October 1959. Beginning in 1960, she practiced law for the firm, eventually becoming a partner. For nine years she simultaneously served as general counsel for Arctic Slope Regional Corporation.

In 1987, newly elected Governor Steve Cowper appointed Schaible to the post of state Attorney General, making her the first female attorney general in the state's history. She served in that capacity until 1989. Other positions she held include chair of the Alaska Permanent Fund, the first female to do so.

In 2009, Schaible was inducted into the inaugural class of the Alaska Women's Hall of Fame.


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