Reginald Christie Obituary

Reginald James  Christie
Reginald James Christie

April 22, 1937 - August 29, 2020
Born in Glen Ridge, New Jersey
Resided in Anchorage, Alaska


Longtime Anchorage resident Reginald James "Jim" Christie Jr. came to rest on Saturday, Aug. 29, 2020 — after the last warm, sunny day of summer. Jim died at peace in his bed, sporting a Grateful Dead t-shirt, his favorite jean jacket and a magnificent suntan.

Jim Christie was born in April 1937 in Glen Ridge, N.J., and raised in Rochester, N.Y. A gifted student and voracious reader, Jim graduated from Rochester East High School just after turning 17 ('54), earned a B.S. in Business from Syracuse University ('58), and graduated from Cornell Law School ('61).

Jim was an avid alpine skier and put his law degree to good use over the next few years by ski bumming across New England and the Rocky Mountains, where he worked as a bartender and ski instructor. Jim's transient lifestyle resulted in him missing his draft notice for Vietnam. Upon being informed by his bohemian roommates that certain federal authorities had "dropped in" at their bachelor ski-pad to investigate Jim's tardiness in responding to the draft, Jim quickly remembered his lifelong goal of serving in the United States Air Force JAG Corps and was commissioned the next day. Alaska was Jim's last choice for an overseas assignment; it was still better than Vietnam, all things considered. He arrived in Alaska in 1963, fell in love with the young state and called Alaska home for his remaining 57 years.

Captain Christie was honorably discharged in 1965.

Jim worked as an assistant district attorney for the State of Alaska ('65-'67) before entering private practice with the Anchorage law firm Kay, Miller and Libbey and later Kay, Christie, Fuld, Saville and Coffey. He spent the last 30+ years in solo practice. If you live in a PUD or condominium built in Anchorage during the 1970s or 1980s, blame Jim for your ridiculous covenants and restrictions, as he probably drafted them.

Jim married the love of his life, Sarah Ann "Sam" Moore, in 1967. Jim and Sam were the "it" couple of Girdwood, carving graceful lines down Mt. Alyeska during the day and celebrating into the night. Their union produced some very good memories, more than a few disagreements, and two sons. Jim and Sam divorced in 1986.

Jim's favorite moments were in the sunshine. He enjoyed alpine skiing at Alyeska and Sun Valley, Idaho, driving his vintage convertible, boating and working on his tan at Big Lake and spending time with his family and friends wherever fun could be found. He loved dogs, distrusted politicians and lived life on his own terms.

Jim is preceded in death by his parents, Reginald J. Christie Sr. and Isabel (Pomeroy) Christie; and many spoiled dogs. He is survived by his sons, James and Chase of Anchorage; their partners, Tracey and Frances; as well as by his many friends near and far. Jim was truly one of a kind and will be sorely missed.

Plans for Jim's memorial are TBD and will likely occur summer 2021. If you would like to be notified, please send an email to:

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