Alaska Visitors Association/Gomar Scholarship in honor of Maria and Miguel Gomar
On June 22, 1994, a Wings of Alaska taxi flight from the Taku Lodge to the Juneau downtown dock crashed into the Taku Inlet, taking the lives of seven people. Among the survivors of the incident was a woman from Guatemala City by the name of Rosa Maria Gomar. Ms. Gomar lost her two children, Maria Vides Gomar (age 7) and Miguel Vides Gomar (age 5), as well as her mother.
During the days following the incident, several Wings of Alaska employees and various other members of the Juneau community had a chance to meet and talk with Ms. Gomar. She quickly reversed the presumed roles and comforted the employees rather than allowing the employees to comfort her. While she and her family waited for during the recovery efforts, she stood as a pillar of strength. Ms. Gomar worried about the pilots involved and how they were doing and continually expressed her concern. Everyone that came in contact with her came to respect and admire both her courage and her deep faith.
In honor of Ms. Gomar’s tremendous courage as well as in memory of the family members she lost, Wings of Alaska worked to establish a memorial fund in the names of her two children, Maria and Miguel so that their names will live on at the University of Alaska.