Mary Louise Rasmuson

Mary Louise (Milligan) Rasmuson has served on the Board of Directors of the Rasmuson Foundation since 1967. Born in East Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, she graduated from the Carnegie Institute of Technology (now Carnegie Mellon University) with a Bachelor of Science degree and earned her Masters of Education in School Administration from the University of Pittsburgh. Mrs. Rasmuson received an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the Carnegie Institute of Technology. At the time, she was one of the first two women to receive this degree.

In 1942, Mrs. Rasmuson entered the United States Army with the first group of American women selected for the Women's Army Corp. After 20 years of military service, Mrs. Rasmuson retired from the U.S. Army in 1962 as a Colonel, serving the last 6 years as Director of the Women's Army Corp. During her service, Mrs. Rasmuson received a Legion of Merit award with two oak leaf clusters, the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps Service Medal, and a World War II Victory Medal, among other decorations.

In 1961, Mary Louise married Elmer E. Rasmuson and, together, they began their life in Alaska. Mrs. Rasmuson quickly adapted to life in Alaska and became involved in public service through numerous clubs and organizations. She has served with the American Cancer Society as a Board Member and as a Director-at-Large. She has also served as Chairman of the Anchorage Museum Foundation and the Anchorage Historical and Fine Arts Commission.