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Allen, Raymond Bernard (1902-1986)
Trained as a medical doctor, Dr. Raymond B. Allen served as president of University of Washington (UW) from 1946 to 1951. Although his time at the UW was a relatively brief stop in a career that took him to the highest levels of academia and government, it was one of the most controversial periods in the school’s history. Allen recommended the firing of three professors in 1949 for suspected Communist associations, which kindled a rash of similar dismissals at universities and colleges across the country. After leaving the UW, he served briefly as director of the U.S. Psychological Strategy Board before becoming chancellor of the University of California at Los Angeles from 1952 to 1959. He then served as Indonesian director for the U.S. International Cooperation Administration and later with the World Health Organization in Washington, D.C. The Seattle-King County Association of Realtors named Raymond Allen First Citizen of 1949.
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Allen, William McPherson (1900-1985)
William McPherson Allen served the Boeing Company as president from 1945 to 1968 and is credited with leading the company into the jet age and providing a strong and enduring tradition of integrity and leadership. In 1954, the same year the Boeing 707 made its maiden flight and took air travel into the jet age, the Seattle-King County Association of Realtors named William Allen Seattle's First Citizen of the year.
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Alvord, Ellsworth C., Jr. (1923-2010) and Nancy Alvord (b. 1922)
Dr. Ellsworth C. Alvord Jr., former head of neuropathology at the University of Washington's School of Medicine, and his wife, Nancy Delaney Alvord, have been generous supporters of educational, arts, and public service groups in the Northwest and elsewhere. They've also inculcated the values of philanthropy in their children and grandchildren. Three generations of the Alvord family jointly donated $3 million to create two endowed chairs at the UW's medical school in 1999. That gift was only part of the family's long record of service to the community. In 1995, the Washington State Chapter of the National Society of Fund Raising Executives selected the Alvords as the Outstanding Philanthropic Family of the Year. The Seattle King County Association of Realtors named the senior Alvords First Citizens of 1991.
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Benaroya, Jack Albert (1921-2012)
Jack Benaroya was a real-estate developer, civic leader, and philanthropist. He was a pioneer in the development and packaging of industrial parks in the Pacific Northwest and sold his holdings in 1984 for $315 million, then considered the largest real-estate transaction in Pacific Northwest history. Jack Benaroya and his wife, Becky, have been major benefactors for the Pacific Northwest's cultural, educational, and medical superstructure. Most notably, the Benaroyas in 1993 provided the $15 million seed money to help launch the Seattle Symphony's much-lauded performance hall in downtown Seattle, now called Benaroya Hall. They also have supported the Benaroya Research Institute at Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, as well as other Seattle hospitals and area arts organizations. Benaroya's contributions to the Pacific Northwest earned him a range of awards, for his entrepreneurship, his service, and his philanthropy. The Seattle-King County Association of Realtors named Benaroya its "First Citizen" for 1998. Jack Benaroya died on Friday, May 11, 2012.
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Berry, C. M. "Mike" (1919-2001)
C. M. "Mike" Berry was president of the Seattle First National Bank. His service to the community included volunteer work with Seafair and involvement with the Salvation Army, the Mother Joseph Foundation, the University of Puget Sound, the Easter Seal Society, United Way of King County, and other organizations. He also served as president of the Seattle Chamber of Commerce and Greater Seattle, Inc. and was a successful fundraiser for numerous groups. For his outstanding civic service to Seattle and the region, the Seattle-King County Association of Realtors named Mike Berry First Citizen of 1981.
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Brainerd, Paul (b. 1947)
Paul Brainerd founded the Aldus software company, which produced the first desktop publishing program, Pagemaker. The product transformed printing and publishing almost as dramatically as had moveable type or the rotary press, and it catapulted Brainerd into the ranks of the youthful millionaires of the dot-com boom. In his second career, Brainerd devoted himself to environmental protection and to organizing his contemporaries into useful philanthropic efforts. Seattle-King County Association of Realtors named Paul Brainerd First Citizen of 1999.
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Bridge, Herbert "Herb" Marvin (b. 1925)
Herbert M. "Herb" Bridge has lived a full, well-traveled life as a successful businessman, a naval officer in two wars, and a Seattle civic leader and philanthropist whose boundless energies earned him the nickname, "Mr. Downtown." Bridge joined the U.S. Navy shortly after the U.S. entered World War II, and during a 41-year career in the Navy and Naval Reserve, rose to the rank of rear admiral. He and his brother, Robert, took over their father's Seattle jewelry store, Ben Bridge, and from it developed a chain of more than 70 stores, from Minnesota to Hawaii. The civic and philanthropic efforts of Bridge and his wife, Shirley (Selesnick) Bridge (1922-2008), have earned them many awards from local and national groups. The Seattle-King County Association of Realtors named Herb Bridge First Citizen for 2001.
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Broderick, Henry (1880-1975)
Henry Broderick was a highly respected Seattle civic leader and the longtime president of the city's largest real estate firm. From the time he arrived in town in 1901 until his death seven decades later, Broderick was involved in almost every important aspect of Seattle civic life, boosting, chairing, contributing financially, and most importantly observing and recording what he saw, foibles and all. For his extensive and unique contribution to the fabric of life in Seattle, the Seattle-King County Association of Realtors named Henry Broderick First Citizen of 1952.
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Brougham, Royal (1894-1978), Journalist
A 68-year veteran of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer,
journalist Royal Brougham was once dubbed "Dean of American Sportswriters." Brougham's column, "The Morning After," was a fixture of P-I
sports pages for more than half a century. Despite a casual demeanor (many of his columns were simply credited to "your old neighbor," frequent misspellings, and creative grammar, Brougham established himself as one of Seattle's most celebrated, opinionated, and influential journalists. He was also one of the city's most generous men. To honor his numerous efforts on behalf of others, the Seattle-King County Association of Realtors named Royal Brougham First Citizen of 1946.
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Bullitt Family, The
The family of KING Broadcasting founder Dorothy Stimson Bullitt (Seattle's First Citizen for 1959) continued her tradition of community service and philanthropy and each family member has distinguished himself or herself both in community service and in philanthropy. The Bullitt family includes Charles Stimson "Stim" Bullitt (1919-2009), Harriet Overton Bullitt (b. 1924), Priscilla "Patsy" Bullitt Collins (1920-2003), Katharine "Kay" Muller Bullitt (b. 1925), and Dorothy C. Bullitt (b. 1955). The Seattle-King County Association of Realtors named the Bullitt Family as its First Citizen for 2000.
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Bullitt, Dorothy Stimson (1892-1989)
Dorothy Stimson Bullitt purchased a small Seattle radio station with almost no listeners in 1947. She expanded it into one of the finest broadcasting empires in the nation. She was a Seattle civic leader who entered the business world at a time when women were not welcome. The Seattle-King County Association of Realtors named Dorothy Bullitt First Citizen of 1959.
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Carlson, Edward "Eddie" E. (1911-1990)
Edward "Eddie" E. Carlson was a Seattle business executive and a tireless civic leader. He chaired the World's Fair Commission, the organizing muscle behind the 1962 Century 21 Exposition. A leader in the hospitality industry, in 1970 he became president and Chief Executive Officer of United Airlines and its holding company U.A.L, Inc., bringing United into the black within two years. The Seattle-King County Association of Realtors named Edward Carlson First Citizen of 1965.
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Chihuly, Dale (b. 1941), Visual Artist
Dale Chihuly is unquestionably the most famous living visual artist in the Northwest. His influence is international in scope and his reputation extends into several important areas, those of artist, teacher, designer, and co-founder of one of the world's most eminent glass schools, Pilchuck, located 50 miles north of Seattle in Stanwood (Snohomish County). Chihuly's work, like that other important sculptors such as England's Henry Moore (1898-1986) and America's David Smith (1906-1965), is immediately recognizable, even to those not schooled in the fine arts. Despite his legions of imitators, his work retains the signature quality and excitement that has manifested in the numerous series and installations of his illustrious career. For his "indelible contributions to the local community and world at large through his art," the Seattle-King County Association of Realtors named Dale Chihuly First Citizen of 2006.
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Children's Orthopedic Hospital
In early 1907, Anna Herr Clise (1866-1936) called together 23 affluent Seattle women friends to address a health care crisis -- namely the lack of a facility to treat crippled and malnourished children. Each of the women contributed $20 to launch Children's Orthopedic Hospital. The hospital opened on Queen Anne Hill and in 1953 moved to Seattle's Laurelhurst neighborhood. Today known as Children's Hospital and Medical Center, it is still governed by an all-women board of trustees. Key to the hospital's development has been income raised by volunteers through their work in the hospital guilds. In 1944, the Seattle-King County Association of Realtors honored the Orthopedic as Seattle's First Citizen for the contribution made by Children's Hospital to the community and to the Northwest. The honor paid tribute to the thousands of women in the guild and junior guild organizations, to the volunteer staff of doctors, and to the many hospital volunteers who cared for the patients over the years.
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Clapp, Norton (1906-1995)
Norton Clapp, one of the five original investors in Seattle's Space Needle, was a businessman and philanthropist with a seemingly endless capacity for work. A former president of the Weyerhaeuser Corporation, he also served as president of the Boy Scouts of America, chairman of the Pacific Basin Economic Council, director of the National Parks Foundation, president of both the Tacoma and the Seattle Chambers of Commerce, longtime trustee of the University of Puget Sound, and as a member of innumerable boards and committees. The Seattle-King County Association of Realtors named him First Citizen of 1970.
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Colman, Kenneth Burwell (1896-1982)
Kenneth Burwell Colman was a third-generation member of an influential pioneer family in Seattle and an important contributor to the community. Colman worked quietly and steadily throughout his life to facilitate civic improvements, especially for boys and girls of the region. Kenneth Colman and his sister Isabel Colman Pierce donated Camp Orkila on Orcas Island to the YMCA, Colman Pool in West Seattle to the city of Seattle, and the Seabeck Christian Conference Center, the oldest continually operating conference and retreat center in the Pacific Northwest, to serve charitable and non-profit organizations exclusively. For his extensive and unique contributions to the fabric of life in Seattle, the Seattle-King County Association of Realtors named Kenneth Colman First Citizen of 1941.
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Danz, Fredric A. (1918-2009)
Some may have been born into show business, but for Fredric Danz, it's more accurate to say that he was born into the business of shows. The son of pioneer Seattle film exhibitor John Danz (d. 1961), Fredric inherited his father's chain of motion picture houses in the early 1960s, growing the family business into Sterling Recreation Organization (SRO), which at its height owned more than 100 theaters up and down the West Coast. But Fredric Danz wasn't simply concerned with his business interests, as evidenced by his lengthy involvement in civic activities. For his many contributions to the larger community, the Seattle-King County Association of Realtors named Fredric Danz First Citizen of 1985.
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Dederer, Michael (1905-1995)
Michael Dederer -- "Mike" to his closest friends -- devoted his life to the Seattle Fur Exchange, building it into one of the foremost fur auctions in the country and an international presence in the industry. He also devoted enormous energy to public service "in the economic, educational and cultural life of the community" (Seattle Times Magazine
). His mother and father, German immigrants raised in Russia, were among the millions of refugees who came to North America around the turn of the century to pursue their dreams of freedom and a better life. Like many of those sons and daughters of immigrants, Dederer had a profound respect for the institutions that made their good life possible and he responded by plunging into a wide range of community philanthropy. The Seattle-King County Association of Realtors named Michael Dederer First Citizen of 1960 for his civic service and leadership.
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Ehrlichman, Ben Bernard (1895-1971)
Ben B. Ehrlichman was an investment banker and developer who played a key role in the commercial and civic life of the Puget Sound region from the 1920s through the 1960s. As the president of a holding company that at one time included 10 separate corporations, he was involved with projects as varied as the construction of the Exchange Building in downtown Seattle in 1930; the Northgate Shopping Mall, opened in 1950; and the 1962 Seattle World's Fair. Much admired in the business community, Ehrlichman encountered unexpected opposition from preservationists in the 1960s when he led an effort to tear down the Pike Place Market and replace it with office buildings and hotels. That issue had not yet become a public controversy when the Seattle-King County Association of Realtors named him First Citizen of 1961.
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Ehrlichman, John D. (1925-1999)
John D. Ehrlichman was a former Seattle land use lawyer who experienced both a meteoric rise and a dramatic fall from grace as a result of his loyalty to President Richard M. Nixon. He was rewarded for his work on Nixon's successful campaign for the presidency in 1968 by being named White House counsel and then chief of domestic policy. He pursued a relatively progressive agenda on domestic issues, promoting affirmative action, workers' rights, the sovereignty of Native American tribes, and clean air and water legislation. He was instrumental in the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency in 1970. All these accomplishments were overshadowed by his role in the political scandal known as Watergate. In January 1973 -- just one month after the Seattle-King County Association of Realtors honored Ehrlichman as its First Citizen for 1972 -- seven men went on trial in connection with a burglary at the Watergate hotel and office complex in Washington, D.C. The trial was the first in a series of events that would force Nixon to resign and send many of his aides, including Ehrlichman, to prison.
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