Ramseur receives literary honor

Former Avery County resident David Ramseur was awarded the University of North Carolina-Asheville’s highest alumni honor for “extraordinary achievement,” for his career in politics and government and for writing a book about Alaska-Russia relations. Ramseur, son of Joe and Susan Ramseur of Newland, received the Roy A. Taylor Distinguished Alumnus Award on Feb. 22 from UNCA Chancellor Nancy Cable. Ramseur received a bachelor’s in political science from UNCA in 1976 where he also served in student government and as editor of the campus newspaper. He graduated from Avery County High School in 1972. Ramseur has lived in Alaska the past 40 years where he worked as a newspaper reporter and senior advisor to two Alaska governors and one of the state’s U.S. senators. In 2017, he published “Melting the Ice Curtain: The Extraordinary Story of Citizen Diplomacy on the Russia-Alaska Frontier” which details how Alaskans and citizens of the Russian Far East worked to help end the Cold War.

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