Alumni

September 11, 2021

Art and exploration

“Fly Your Own Thing,” a celebration of the late Alden Mason, ’42, ’47, is on exhibit at the Bellevue Arts Museum.


September 8, 2021

Visual music

Through the interplay of light with her creations, artist Barbara Earl Thomas creates ‘ordinary magic.’ Her extraordinary work explores childhood, race and religion.


September 4, 2021

Meals & memories

Two decades after Tom Stockley and his wife, Peggy, perished in a plane crash, their daughters curate a new book of his eating pleasures.


Anderson honored

James G. Anderson, '66, will receive the 2021 Dreyfus Prize in the Chemical Sciences.


Jewell on faculty

Former Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, ’78, was appointed to the Edward V. Fritzky Endowed Chair in Leadership for the 2021-2022 school year.


AAPI stories

A website highlights Asian American and Pacific Islander voices from our community.


A life in design

Nin Truong brings creativity and sustainability to the world of public art, skateboarding and apparel.


August 31, 2021

Global vision

Stan Barer, recipient of the 2021 Gates Volunteer Service Award, used his UW Law degree to help make the world a better place.


A name that stuck

Cassandra Amesley, ’77, ’81, made ‘Red Square’ catch on and etched her name in Husky history.


Higher purpose

After his NFL career, Mark Pattison kept pursuing athletic feats. He recently climbed Mount Everest to complete the Seven Summits challenge, raising more than $56,000 for charity.


9.11.01: I was there

Two alumni who escaped the horror of Ground Zero bravely share their stories of trauma and hope.


August 12, 2021

Seizing the moment

Whether we’re together in person or using technology to bridge the distance, the UW Alumni Association is about making connections.


June 10, 2021

A dog-gone great idea

Bill Perkins' nonprofit organization employs people in prisons to train service dogs for veterans.


A Coast Guard first

Linda Fagan, '00, was nominated to become the highest-ranking woman in Coast Guard history.


Forward momentum

Erin O'Connell, '96, is back at the UW as the Deputy Athletics Director and the Senior Woman Administrator.


Less can be more

Compared to changes that add, those that subtract are harder to think of. The removal of a bridge in the Bay Area illustrates how sometimes, less is more.


June 7, 2021

Curiosity and clay

From the start, Seattle artist George Rodriguez explored identity, culture and community in his work.


Promoting preservation

Elizabeth Bell was honored for more than 42 years of “tireless effort in preserving the city and promoting understanding of the heritage” of Antigua, Guatemala.


Calling the shots

For Golf Channel analyst Paige Mackenzie, ’06, the only thing more thrilling than scoring a hole-in-one is calling the golf play-by-play at the Olympic Games.


June 4, 2021

Can’t hold him back

From radical youth to senior statesman, Larry Gossett is an activist for us all. The 2021 Alumnus Summa Laude Dignatus award recognizes his lifetime of service.


Passion for the UW

Colleen Fukui-Sketchley’s commitment to serving the UW Alumni Association, the University of Washington and higher education has been nothing short of amazing.


June 3, 2021

‘A child’s eye view’

By the time of her death at the age of 104, Beverly Cleary’s books had sold more than 85 million copies.


June 1, 2021

The death dodger

Taking risks was second nature for Albert Scott Crossfield. That’s how he became the first man to fly at twice the speed of sound and laid the groundwork to go into space.


Speeding up the science

Curtis and Elizabeth Anderson lost their daughter to an uncommon form of cancer. Their philanthropy aims to expand research and bring hope to patients and their families.


May 22, 2021

Golden grads

This UWAA recognition honors alumni who have demonstrated sustained, long-term and meaningful engagement with the UW.


May 10, 2021

Remembering Bryan Monroe

Brian Monroe, ’87, headed a Pulitzer-prize winning newspaper team and being the first print journalist to interview the country’s first Black president-elect.


April 26, 2021

Bouncing back for the next physical challenge

A near-fatal paragliding accident in Central Washington didn’t keep Masako Hirata down for long.


April 17, 2021

Frontline photographer

Photographer David Ryder, ’06, ’11, was recently recognized as UW Bothell's Alumni of the Year recipient.


March 11, 2021

Rural nurses wanted

A program funded by Premera Blue Cross is placing nursing students in rural practices throughout Washington.


Helen Chu honored

University of Washington Medicine professor Dr. Helen Chu, ’12, “Washingtonian of the Year” by the Washington State Leadership Board.


Native knowledge

Native art is prominent in the life of Miranda Belarde-Lewis, an assistant professor in the University of Washington Information School.


March 9, 2021

Culture crew

Their commitment to equity brought three UW alumni to 4Culture—and it has remained the agency’s North Star in its pandemic response.


Standing tall

He went from the UW to professional basketball and back. But it’s in the special education classroom that Anthony Washington, ’16, ’19, is making a lasting difference.


March 4, 2021

Stories of home

The UW Alumni Association recently invited a group of Native storytellers for a virtual event to discuss the meaning of sense of place.


Private-eye inspiration

Instead, Thoft uses the P.I. skills she learned to write her award-winning detective novels featuring hard-nosed private eye Fina Ludlow.


Dick’s dynasty

Jim Spady never expected to preside over the family business of burgers and fries.


March 3, 2021

Soul of Seattle

With the city changing rapidly, Ron Chew set out to write about one of its beloved communities. It’s a story only he could tell.


March 2, 2021

Never done learning

Ed Jones has since completed 11 UWPCE certificate programs, more than anyone else.


January 16, 2021

Catch up with Jake Locker

Husky football fans remember Jake Locker for his determined play during some down years for the program.


Hockey heights

Now an agent, Ryan Minkoff, ’15, became the first student-athlete from the Husky club hockey team to make it to the professional hockey ranks.


January 11, 2021

Books and conversation

To date, more than 1,600 readers have joined the UW Alumni Book Club, representing alumni from every college and school across all three campuses.


December 16, 2020

Nobel laureate’s UW ties

Harvey J. Alter, a UW resident in internal medicine from 1964-65, has received a Nobel Prize for his contributions to the discovery of the hepatitis C virus.


Emerging from pain

Britt East’s book “A Gay Man’s Guide to Life” provides realistic ways for gay men to deal with homophobia and live a good life.


Whitman revisited

In “Unsettled Ground: The Whitman Massacre and Its Shifting Legacy in The American West,” historian Cassandra Tate, ’86, ’88, ’95, revisits a conflict that left 13 settlers dead.


December 9, 2020

Healing words

Norman B. Rice’s timing couldn’t have been better for his new book, “Gaining Public Trust: A Profile of Civic Engagement.”


Holistic view

The first Filipino American to graduate from UW medical school, Fernando Vega helped open the path to alternative medicine in the U.S.


December 7, 2020

After prison

Ten stories that show how the UW can help people take advantage of second chances.


Taking control

In describing her mindset, Kelly Olson quotes a favorite author: “You have to own your story if you want to change the ending.”


Moving forward

Prison gave Kurt Myers a perspective he uses in his professional life.


Positive mindset

Powered by positive thinking, Theron Taylor went to the UW to earn a degree in psychology.


November 21, 2020

Be a bird’s buddy

More than 4 billion birds are moving through North America during fall migration. An expert shares some ways to aid in their journey.


October 13, 2020

Sweet science

Kennewick native Danielle Reed forages for genetic answers after her research finds that processed food is much too sweet for the average human tastebud.


September 30, 2020

Campus ambassador

Our sketchbook profiles Alice Lee, manager of the UW Visitors Center.


September 21, 2020

A twist of fate

Ayan Hassan’s life was changed by the Making Connections program—and then unexpectedly saved by one of the program’s founders.


September 16, 2020

Fresh fish finder

With many restaurants closed, the Fish Map offers a way for commercial fishing companies to sell their products directly to consumers.


September 11, 2020

No longer lost

Stephen Johnson, '99, scoured archives, the internet and a villa in Italy to discover the fate of a missing World War II pilot.


September 8, 2020

Course correction

The UW has responded with leadership during the COVID-19 crisis. Now we must make the same commitment to addressing systemic racism and injustice.


August 23, 2020

Under Astra’s spell

A Latvian refugee from World War II, the colorful Astra Zarina had a vision to bring UW architecture students to Rome. Today, her students are making sure she is not forgotten.


August 13, 2020

The historian of Seattle hip-hop

Daudi Abe, author of an upcoming book on Northwest rap, tells us what makes the local scene so special.


July 7, 2020

Hard-hat Barbie

Ecologist Nalini Nadkarni, ’83, joined a project between National Geographic and Mattel to create a new line of Barbie dolls centered around science and exploration.


June 26, 2020

When takeout takes you across the world

As restaurants scrambled to serve their customers during quarantine, Archipelago innovated with a fresh take on a Filipino immigrant tradition.


June 10, 2020

Stranger than fiction

A writer faces frustration with the release of her first work of fiction during a pandemic.


On the trail with Craig Romano

Hiking book author Craig Romano, ’94, ’97, slowed down long enough to tell us about his passion for nature.


Seafood stories

In "Salmon Sisters," Emma Teal Laukitis, ’18, and Claire Neaton share stories from their father's fishing vessel and their clean, elegant approach to food.


June 4, 2020

Smallpox slayer's wisdom

William Foege, ’61, was instrumental in wiping smallpox off the face of the Earth. The lessons he learned in that fight offer wisdom as we face COVID-19.


May 15, 2020

Front and center

With compassion, innovation and empathy, public health leader Patty Hayes strives to make life better for all of us.


May 14, 2020

A lifetime of leadership

For his legacy of serving Washington’s community college system for more than four decades as well as his leadership at the University of Washington Alumni Association, Gary Oertli receives the UW Alumni Association’s 2020 Distinguished Service Award.


May 12, 2020

Taking on Turkey

Josh Colangelo-Bryan filed a personal injury suit against the Republic of Turkey for its involvement in an attack on a peaceful protest in a Washington, D.C., park in 2017 that left 20 people with injuries.


Justice arrives

Raquel Montoya-Lewis, '95, '96, is the second Native American to ever serve on any state’s supreme court.


May 8, 2020

Serving youth suits her

After deciding medicine wasn't for her, Yasmin Habib created a nonprofit program to serve refugee, immigrant and marginalized children.


May 4, 2020

A brush with depth

Jake Prendez, ’00, knows what it's like to feel like an outsider. Now he offers fellow Latinx artists a place to showcase their work.


April 14, 2020

Out of print

Pike Place Market's last newsstand goes out of print as UW alumnus closes shop.


March 19, 2020

How UW’s startup culture nurtures a growing number of student businesses

UW’s startup culture nurtures a growing number of students, proving that an idea, some energy and valuable mentoring can bring business success.


March 17, 2020

‘Whenever you get, give back’

Jim McCurdy’s mantra spurred support of higher education.


From campus activist to city council

Varisha Khan becomes one of the first Muslim women to hold public office in Washington State.


March 13, 2020

A life study

A devastating fire makes painter Grace Flott struggle for control of her body—and her life.


A legacy of caring

For a life dedicated to students of color, the UW honors Emile Pitre with the 2020 Charles E. Odegaard Award.


March 10, 2020

After the ashes

Scientists knew Mount St. Helens would come back to life after the 1980 eruption, but as a new book shows, its resilience still blew them away.


A serving of support

As CEO of FareStart, Angela Dunleavy Stowell gives people a path from poverty to success in the culinary world.


March 5, 2020

Wonder of Warashina

The Smithsonian honors Patti Warashina, ’62, ’64, whose humor and innovative perspectives on the human condition put a new face on ceramics.


January 9, 2020

Remembering Rocky Yeh

He was the ultimate party host, a self-described bon vivant and a Husky superfan.


December 27, 2019

Born in rhythm

We asked percussionist Paul Hansen, ’83, about his life on the drums. Here's what he had to say.


December 26, 2019

Inside the peace

No one else could have written "Surviving the Peace," a new book by Peter Lippman, ’95, after decades of grassroots connections to the people of the Balkans.


December 9, 2019

Human touch

Jill Higson ’86, gives people a chance to communicate through the written word.


December 1, 2019

A tern for the worse

Feeding the wrong food to chicks could spell disaster for several species of terns.


November 29, 2019

Serving up success

The Foster School's Consulting and Business Development Center boosts entrepreneurs from underserved communities.


November 24, 2019

Granters of wishes

Melissa Arias, ’97, and Trina Cottingham, ’96, are on local Make-A-Wish leadership team.


Building the bones

Chip Lydum, ’84, parlayed a journalism job into a prominent role in Husky athletics.


October 31, 2019

The house at 5030

Nearly 40 years ago, 11 friends moved into a U District boarding house. The bonds they made are as strong as ever.


October 23, 2019

From war to law

An owner of three Bronze Stars, the Hon. Ronald E. Cox is UWAA’s 2019 Distinguished Alumni Veteran Award recipient.


October 22, 2019

Plea for the planet

Tenacity led Jim Anderson, ’66, the 2019 Alumnus Summa Laude Dignatus, to help save the ozone; he's not about to give up.


September 23, 2019

What it’s like to have dinner with Seattle chef Melissa Miranda

An intimate conversation with the chef behind Beacon Hill's most anticipated new restaurant.


September 19, 2019

Call her ‘Grammar Girl’

Is it who or whom? Affect or effect? Mignon Fogarty, '90, became internet famous for answering such questions.


September 2, 2019

Jordan Nicholson takes off

How the self-proclaimed lover of life followed his passions to become an accomplished photographer, artist and man about town.


When Dad ran for president

In 1972 and 1976, Sen. Henry “Scoop” Jackson was a candidate for the highest office in the land. I was along for the ride.


Arms to table

Northwest ingredients meet Filipino-influenced cuisine at Archipelago, a Seattle restaurant that has earned rave reviews.


June 4, 2019

At bat for Mom

Former Husky outfielder Braden Bishop's charity event raised $50,000 for Alzheimer’s research.


Give Me 5

Melanie Jackson, a 1993 All-American soccer player at the UW, is now a senior editor and writer with ESPNW.


June 3, 2019

The Great American Barrier

An encounter between a black social worker and Kirkland police raises questions as old as America.


Frazer Cook named UWAA Golden Graduates Distinguished Alumnus

Frazer Cook and the Husky Marching Band worked in harmony for 57 years.