Obituaries

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

JIM BRINK, UW TENNIS

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.


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.


richard cooley

Indomitable spirit

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


walt parietti

‘Puck Talk’

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


Marching band man, bert pound

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.


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.


March 1, 2010

Mary Curtis-Verna, 1921-2009

Mary Curtis-Verna, an international opera soprano who spent 20 years as Head of the Voice Department in the University of Washington School of Music, died Dec. 4. She was 88.


Edwin Krebs, 1918-2009

Edwin G. Krebs, a UW scientist who shared the 1992 Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine for discovering a biological switch in cells, died Dec. 21. He was 91.


September 1, 2009

Gretchen Howison Whiting, 1968-2009

When Gretchen Howison Whiting, ’90, was diagnosed with stage III melanoma in 2004, she began a journey—not just to heal herself but to educate the public about the deadly disease, push for more funding for melanoma research, and continue to live her life to the fullest.


Jim Owens, 1927-2009

One of the most iconic figures in Husky football history, Jim Owens, died June 6 at his home in Bigfork, Mont. He was 82.


Samuel E. Kelly, 1926-2009

Higher education lost a friend and champion of diversity with the July 6 death of Samuel E. Kelly, ’71, from congestive heart failure at his Redmond home.


June 1, 2009

Marquis Cooper, 1982-2009

Former Husky football standout Marquis Cooper and two other passengers aboard his 21-foot fishing boat were presumed dead March 6 after the vessel capsized in rough seas near Clearwater, Fla., five days earlier. He was 26.


December 1, 2008

Edwin O. Guthman, 1919-2008

Before earning the Silver Star, Purple Heart and Pulitzer Prize, Edwin O. Guthman earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Washington.


Rosie Santizo, 1979-2008

Baseball lost one of its most promising stars Sept. 3 when Rosie Santizo, 29, died in a car accident in Amman, Jordan. Santizo was a UW student finishing up degrees in business administration and Near Eastern studies.


March 1, 2008

Tom Lantos, 1928-2008

Tom Lantos, ’49, ’50, the only Holocaust survivor to serve as a member of Congress, died Feb. 11.


September 1, 2007

John Hogness, 1922-2007

John Rusten Hogness spent a turbulent five years as president of the UW.


June 1, 2007

Ruthanna Boris, 1919-2007

When Ruthanna Boris began her 18-year stint as dance professor at the UW in 1965, she taught ballet on the top floor of the old Armory building, often competing with the erratic noise of ROTC practices.


Herman Brix, 1906-2007

Herman Brix, ’28, also known under the screen name of Bruce Bennett, died Feb. 24 after living an eventful 100 years.


Memorial scholarship

Rebecca Griego, a 26-year-old program coordinator in the Department of Urban Design and Planning and a UW alumna, was murdered in her fourth-floor office in Gould Hall early April 2.


December 1, 2006

Daniel Lev, 1933-2006

A professor of political science at the UW and a renowned scholar of Indonesia, Daniel Lev, who died of lung cancer at the age of 72, was well loved and influential on both sides of the Pacific.


December 1, 2001

Remember the Huskies

On a trip that turned into a tragedy, a plane crash took the lives of 16 UW alumni and fans.