Press Releases

ASRC mourns the loss of Eben Hopson Jr.

ASRC mourns the loss of Eben Hopson Jr., a leader from Utqiaġvik, AK whose impact was felt statewide through both his public and private service.  Beginning in 1994, Eben served in various roles at Arctic Slope Native Association (ASNA) including Executive Director as well as President and CEO, which was his most recent post before he retired in 2007. Eben believed Alaska Native people had an important right to run their own healthcare and was the driving force for the new hospital that was built by ASNA in Utqiaġvik in 2013. He also developed various programs at ASNA including the Iñupiat Child Welfare program. 

Eben, the son of Eben Hopson, Sr. and Rebecca (Panigeo) Hopson, was one of twelve children. On February 10, 1985, Eben married Rosemarie “Rosie” Habeich and together raised nine children and fostered over 50 children from across Alaska. A veteran of the U.S. Navy, Eben was known for his kindness and undeniable championing of Alaska Native people. He also held leadership roles at the City of Barrow, Bristol Bay Borough, and the North Slope Borough. Eben served on the ASRC Board of Directors from 1996 to 2000.  “Eben’s humble leadership is an example for all to follow. His work was driven out of a sense of service to people and community.  I, along with the rest of the board of directors, extend our deepest condolences to the Hopson family,” said Crawford Patkotak, ASRC’s Board Chair. 

Eben passed away peacefully and surrounded by love.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the family during this difficult time. 

About ASRC

Arctic Slope Regional Corporation is owned by and represents the business interests of the Arctic Slope Iñupiat. Since opening enrollment in 1989 to Alaska Natives born after 1971, the corporation’s shareholder base has nearly tripled, growing from the 3,700 original enrollees to approximately 13,000 today. Corporate headquarters are based in Utqiaġvik (Barrow), Alaska, with administrative and subsidiary offices located in Anchorage and throughout the United States. ASRC, along with its family of companies, is the largest Alaskan-owned company, employing approximately 13,500 people across Alaska and the Lower 48. The company has six major business segments: government contract services, petroleum refining and marketing, energy support services, industrial services, construction, and resource development.


Marie Duriez
Shareholder and Employee Communications Manager

Direct: 907.339.6889