June 4, 2024

Farewell to the founders

The University of Washington honors Eddie Walker, Eddie Demmings, E.J. Brisker and Lee Leavy, trailblazing activists who recently died.

May 14, 2024

Susie Tennant, 1962–2024

Susie Tennant was beloved for discovering and promoting bands such as Nirvana, Sonic Youth and Beck.

February 27, 2024

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Colleen McElroy, 1935-2023

Colleen McElroy, 1935-2024, was the first Black woman to be promoted to a full professorship at the UW.

February 24, 2024

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Nancy Bell Evans, 1933-2024

Nancy Bell Evans was an inspiration to UW students as well as one of the University’s biggest supporters.

November 29, 2023

Ann Streissguth, 1932-2023

Ann Streissguth made a name for herself after publishing an article describing what became known as fetal alcohol syndrome.

October 6, 2023

A hungry tiger fights best

Toshio Akamatsu began his career as a member of John Bonica's legendary team of pain management experts. Akamatsu died this year at the age of 89.

September 2, 2023

Joy-filled career

Former UW drama professor Aurora Valentinetti’s indelible impact still delights us today.

June 4, 2023

A protector of children

Carol Lace Jenkins dedicated her career to helping parents and guardians.

May 29, 2023

Lifesaving ideas

Dr. Leonard Cobb, a UW professor in the 1960s, devoted his career to lifesaving initiatives like Seattle’s Medic One paramedic program.

May 28, 2023

Joe Jarzynka had no fear

Gig Harbor walk-on Joe Jarzynka dazzled the Husky faithful with his fearless play.

May 19, 2023

Full of surprises

As UW mourns the loss of a beloved artist, we talk with a fellow Husky who saw first-hand how much the acclaimed painter cared about our campus and community.

February 25, 2023

Remembering John Pariseau

John Pariseau worked at the UW for more than 50 years and served as director of intramural sports.

January 27, 2023

Fond farewell to Fennema

Former New York Giants player Carl Fennema attended Husky football games for decades; his love for his alma mater never flagged despite age and injury.

Captain Fantastic

The late Jerry Thornton was a great ballplayer and a real family man.

November 27, 2022

A Husky who did it all

Rick Redman was a star on both sides of the ball for the UW football team, playing guard and linebacker, and he shined on special teams as a punter.

November 26, 2022

Dorothy Hollingsworth, 1920-2022

“She was a maverick, and she placed the most vulnerable and marginalized populations—primarily women and children—at the center of her work.”

November 9, 2022

Mountain man

John E. Kurnick, '67, climbed all 68 of the 14,000-foot peaks in the contiguous United States.

November 4, 2022

In memory

Viewpoint Magazine pays tribute to artist Lawney Lawrence Reyes and Cowlitz Indian Tribe Chairman Dave Barnett.

September 2, 2022

Environment’s friend

Philanthropist Harriet Stimson Bullitt’s advocacy for Earth knew no bounds.

August 10, 2022

MAP Maker

A “true leader,” Thaddeus Spratlen brought dignity, dedication and a scholarly approach to the Multicultural Alumni Partnership.

July 21, 2022

A tribute to John Hartl, ’67, Seattle’s greatest movie critic

Famed movie critic John Hartl had a thoughtful eye, an unusually high IQ and an encyclopedic knowledge of film.

May 30, 2022

JoAnn Taricani, 1953-2022

School of Music Director JoAnn Taricani brought joy to her students and colleagues over more than four decades before her sudden death Feb. 1.

May 17, 2022

One who dared

A gifted actor and director—and one of "The Five Who Dared"—Harvy Blanks made history.

March 11, 2022

Remembering Desmond Tutu

Twenty years ago, the human rights leader delivered a message of hope to Seattle.

March 4, 2022

Mentor to many

Millie L.B. Russell, who passed away in November, helped generations of BIPOC students become medical professionals.

December 4, 2021

Junior Coffey smiles, wearing a black shirt and a white hat that says "Dimmitt Bobcats" in purple lettering.

Junior Coffey, 1942-2021

Junior Coffey, who passed away recently, overcame traumatic experiences to become a Husky football star and racehorse trainer.

November 19, 2021

Lois and Thaddeus Spratlen sitting and smiling wearing formal attire

Remembering the Spratlens

Thaddeus Spratlen and Lois Price-Spratlen were the UW’s academic power couple—excelling as scholars and opening up opportunities for others.

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Nursing leader’s legacy

One of Seattle’s few Black nurses in the 1940s, Rachel Suggs Pitts helped create a network of support for her colleagues and nursing students.

September 4, 2021

The ‘Renton Redhead’

Kermit Jorgensen was part of a Husky team that notched back-to-back Rose Bowl victories.

August 31, 2021

A distinguished legacy

Thaddeus Spratlen was a trailblazing business educator, a prolific scholar, a mentor and role model for generations of students.

June 10, 2021

A Husky to the core

W. Thomas Porter, ’59, served in the army, earned his MBA from the Foster School of Business, taught at the UW, and loved Husky athletics with all his might.

June 7, 2021

RIP, Dubs I

Dubs I, an Alaskan Malamute who was the Huskies’ cheerful and beloved mascot for a decade, died on April 3. He was 12.

June 3, 2021

Joy Plein, 1925-2021

Joy B. Plein, ’51, ’57, dedicated her long life to researching, teaching and sponsoring pharmaceutical research at the University of Washington.

‘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.

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.

March 11, 2021

Charles V. Johnson, 1928-2020

Colleagues remember the remarkable life of Charles V. Johnson, ’57.

December 10, 2020

Voice of the band

Frazer Cook called his time with the Husky Marching Band “an honor, a privilege and a pleasure.” Husky fans everywhere felt the same way about him.

December 7, 2020

Inspirational figure

A titan of the law and a trailblazer on the bench, Judge Joseph Jerome Farris sat on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit for 41 years.

November 29, 2020

Bill Gates Sr.’s legacy

As a leader in public service and champion of the UW, Bill Gates Sr. leaves a legacy far beyond his legal contributions.

September 16, 2020

Golf legend dies

Edean Anderson Ihlanfeldt started the UW women’s golf team in 1974-75 and coached it for eight years.

Gentle giant

Rod Stanley, a Federal Way High School graduate who was a beloved member of the Husky football teams of the early 1970s, died in 2018.

September 11, 2020

Beauty by all accounts

To experience the true beauty of the University of Washington’s Seattle campus, look no further than the photographs of Loyd Heath.

June 10, 2020

The Wright eye

Virginia Bloedel Wright, 1929-2020, brought the Broken Obelisk to the UW and funded countless shows at the Henry Art Gallery.

April 2, 2020

Impact personified

Alum and former UW regent Jim Ellis was driven to serve the public good.

January 9, 2020

Remembering Rocky Yeh

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

March 1, 2019

Blake Nordstrom, 1960-2019

A longtime leader of a family company, he went out of his way to connect with customers, employees and community members.

January 7, 2019

Barbara Bailey, 1943-2018

Two things mattered most to Barbara Bailey: reading and serving the community.

December 1, 2018

John Pettit, 1946-2018; Connie Miller, 1951-2018

John R. Pettit, ’73, was UW’s first risk manager and a longtime senior administrator responsible for police, personnel, publications and purchasing. He was predeceased by his wife Connie J. Miller, ’73, ’79, also a longtime UW senior administrator in student housing.

Don Covey, 1928-2018

Donald J. Covey, ’53, was a dedicated business and community leader who served as president and CEO of UNICO Properties.

Richard Haag, 1923-2018

Richard Haag was the only person to receive two Presidential Awards for Design Excellence from the American Society of Landscape Architects.

Robert Stevick, 1928-2018

Robert Stevick's research into early Irish and English manuscripts advanced the understanding of arts and literature more than a millennium old.

November 30, 2018

Paul Allen's legacy

To the late Paul G. Allen, the University of Washington felt like home.

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A life in computing

We explore the legacy of Microsoft’s late co-founder by photographing items from one of his museums.

October 4, 2018

Seattle’s public policy professor

Remembering scholar, civic leader and former dean Hubert Locke.

June 5, 2018

Harold Booker, 1933-2018

The 1955 alumnus spent his life fighting discrimination.

Herb Bridge, 1925-2018

The UW's first Distinguished Alumni Veteran Award honoree was a success in business after his Navy tour.

Dorothy Simpson, 1924-2018

She teamed with her husband to make her mark at the UW through generosity and service.

June 2, 2018

Mr. Smith’s journey

With core values formed by his Chehalis upbringing, Orin Smith went on to become a business leader who knew how to treat people right.

March 13, 2018

Arno Motulsky (1923-2018)

The founder of the UW Division of Genetics in 1957 lived a life of twists and turns.

March 1, 2018

Donald Matthews, 1925-2007

In post-Vietnam America, when political activity on college campuses caused rising tensions, Donald Matthews used his passion for politics to ease conflict and create a lasting legacy. The political science professor died Nov. 3.

January 11, 2018

Woman in blue

After 30 years with the Seattle Police Department, Noreen Skagen, ’52, became the first woman U.S. Marshal of Western Washington.

November 9, 2017

A guardian of history

Karyl Winn preserved the stories of some of our region’s most important figures.

September 12, 2017

Putting people above profits

To many, he was a “famous entrepreneur” and “beloved boss.” To those closer to him, he was a mentor, role model and dear friend.

August 18, 2017

Bill Hardwick (1944–2017)

The ’67 grad "put his heart and soul" into carrying on his family's legacy in the U District.

July 28, 2017

Roger Sale, UW English professor

'A genuine citizen'

Roger Sale was one of those professors who changed lives.

July 26, 2017

Theodore R. Anderson Jr

Romance under wraps

Theodore R. Anderson Jr. (1937-2017) met his wife when they both were applying for positions at Ski Patrol.

Pearl Engebord Catlin

Swedish secrets

By eavesdropping on her parents, Pearl Engebord Catlin learned a new language.

June 15, 2017

A champion for higher ed

Rep. Helen Sommers protected funding and expanded opportunities.

June 7, 2017


The greatness of Brink

Remembering UW tennis great Jim Brink (1925-2017).

March 24, 2017

Memorials: March 2017 Issue

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February 28, 2017

Two giants, one legacy

Willis Konick and Al Sugiyama committed their lives to education and social justice.

Akio Takamori

Akio Takamori (1950-2017)

The sculptor was a master of making people smile with his beautiful and sometimes cartoonish works.

Esther Wilkins Tufts

Esther M. Wilkins (1916-2016)

The founder of the School of Dentistry’s dental hygiene program, known as the godmother of modern dental hygiene, died Dec. 12 in Boston.

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Indomitable spirit

Remembering Richard Cooley, a chairman of Wells Fargo who taught in the Foster School of Business.

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‘Puck Talk’

Walt Parietti, known for 'Puck Talk' column, dies at 89.

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Marching band man

Remembering Bert Pound, ’37, who played for the "boys in the boat" and did one-armed push-ups at UW football games.

February 27, 2017

Olympian effort

Remembering architect and urban planner Tarlee Brown (1940-2016).

June 1, 2015

Ivan Doig, 1939-2015

Whenever I wander by Smith Hall, I reflect about the home of the UW’s esteemed History Department, as well as the place where, in 1969, a doctoral student wrote a memoir about losing his mother at age 6 and being raised by his father and grandma in hardscrabble Montana. Of course, I am referring to Ivan Doig’s first book.

Jon Bridgman

In the 1950 film La Ronde, the narrator states: “I adore the past. It’s so much more restful than the present and so much more certain than the future.” History Professor Jon Bridgman said that this scene captured his perspective.

Norman Johnston, 1918-2015

Professor Emeritus Norman Johnston had the buttons on his blazers replaced by those bearing the University of Washington’s crest; such was his love for this University.

March 1, 2015

Gerberding's legacy

Though the longest-serving president in UW history (from 1979 to 1995) is no longer with us—the North Dakota native died Dec. 27 at the age of 85 after suffering a stroke—his imprint on the University is indelible.

Wayne Quinton, 1921-2015

Often referred to as UW’s “father of bioengineering,” Wayne Quinton drew upon his knowledge in electronics, physics and materials to address unmet needs, especially in the field of medicine.

Naomi Pascal, 1926-2014

Naomi Brenner Pascal was a legend, not only at the UW, but also in the world of international academic publishing.

Albert L. Babb, 1925-2014

Albert L. “Les” Babb joined the UW chemical engineering faculty in 1952 and spent more than 40 years at the UW. He led the development of a curriculum in nuclear engineering and chaired the Department of Nuclear Engineering from 1965 to 1982.

March 1, 2014

Sally Skinner Behnke, 1923-2013

Sally Skinner Behnke, who died Dec. 12 at age 90, made a huge difference in the Seattle community—and to the UW.

Debra Friedman, 1955–2014

Debra Friedman loved the University of Washington. She earned two degrees here, served as a UW faculty member and administrator from 1994 to 2005, and in 2011, became chancellor of UW Tacoma—a job she threw herself into.

Jack R. MacDonald, 1915–2013

When Jack R. MacDonald died Sept. 13 at age 98, a $187.6 million charitable trust was provided for three of this favorite causes in Western Washington: the UW School of Law, Seattle Children’s Research Institute and The Salvation Army’s Northwest Division.

September 1, 2013

Brewster Denny, 1924-2013

Brewster C. Denny, who died June 22 at age 88, held several key roles in the federal government before honoring the call from UW President Charles Odegaard to return home to Seattle to create an academic program in public affairs.

June 1, 2013

Bryan Pearce, 1958-2013

The University of Washington community lost one of its most beloved members when Bryan Pearce, longtime University Book Store CEO and UWAA board member, died April 20 at the age of 55 from cancer.

June 1, 2012

Norbert Untersteiner, 1926-2012

Norbert Untersteiner, a UW professor and legendary polar scientist who was considered the founder of modern sea ice physics, died March 14. He was 86.

Thomas James Pressly, 1919-2012

Thomas James Pressly, who taught history at the UW for almost 40 years, died April 3. He was 93.

Jeanne Quint Benoliel, 1919-2012

Jeanne Quint Benoliel, a longtime member of the UW School of Nursing faculty who was named a “living legend” by the American Academy of Nursing, died Jan. 23. She was 92.

March 1, 2012

Gordon Hirabayashi, 1918-2012

For 45 years, Gordon Hirabayashi, ’46, ’49, ’52, who died Jan. 3 at the age of 93, waited for justice after he was imprisoned for challenging the internment of thousands of Japanese Americans after Japan bombed Pearl Harbor at the start of World War II.

December 1, 2011

Albert Rosellini, 1910-2011

Without the help of politician Albert Rosellini, ’32, ’33, who died Oct. 10 at the age of 101, the University of Washington School of Medicine might not exist today.

Scott B. White, 1970-2011

State Sen. Scott White, ’01 who died suddenly Oct. 21 of an undiagnosed heart problem, was a rare individual who never met a person with whom he couldn’t find common ground.

September 1, 2011

Robert C. Canfield, 1922-2011

Robert Canfield, ’51, was a highly popular professor of restorative dentistry who spent 22 years on the faculty of the UW School of Dentistry.

Diane Gamble, 1937-2011

Diane Gamble, ’59, whose passion for business was matched by her devotion to the University of Washington, died June 14. She was 73.

Bill Lewis, 1920-2011

William R. Lewis, ’42, was the longtime editor and co-publisher of the Lynden Tribune and founder of the popular Chow Down to Washington event.

June 1, 2011

Althea D. Stroum, 1922-2011

Althea Diesenhaus Stroum, one of the UW’s most renowned philanthropists, died March 14 in Santa Barbara, Calif.

C. Benjamin Graham Jr., 1931-2011

C. Benjamin Graham Jr., ’58, ’62, was the first student in a wheelchair to graduate from medical school at the University of Washington—and possibly the first in the nation.