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Thomas, Joan K. (1931-2011)

After arriving in the Puget Sound area in 1955, Joan Thomas developed a passion for preserving Washington's environment, particularly water quality. She found a myriad ways to pursue her goal, first ...

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Thompson, Dr. Alvin Jerome (1924-2012)

Dr. Alvin Jerome Thompson was an African American, an accomplished physician, a dedicated volunteer for many causes, and a man of varied talents and interests. He moved to Seattle in 1953, with his wi...

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Thomson, Reginald Heber (1856-1949)

Reginald Heber Thomson probably did more to change the face of Seattle than any one individual. During his exemplary career as city engineer and beyond, he leveled hills, straightened and dredged wate...

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Thornburg, Newton Kendall Jr. (1929-2011)

Newton Thornburg was a successful fiction writer who wrote 11 novels between 1967 and 1996, his most notable book being Cutter and Bone (1976). Though seen by many as a crime writer (some perceived sh...

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Thurston, Samuel (1816-1851)

Samuel Royal Thurston's (1816-1851) political ambitions were greater than his short life allowed. Oregon Territory's first delegate to the U.S. Congress, Thurston is credited with passage of the Donat...

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Tipton, Billy (1914-1989)

The otherwise low-key life story of Billy Tipton -- an obscure jazz pianist who worked out of Spokane, Washington, for 40 years -- took a startling plot twist upon his death on January 21, 1989. A few...

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Tobey, Mark (1890-1976)

Mark Tobey was a leading painter of the Northwest School, one of the four "Northwest Mystics" described in a 1953 Life magazine article that proclaimed the "Mystic Painters of the Pacific Northwest." ...

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Toner, Wally (1942-2000)

Walter Bernard "Wally" Toner Jr. was one of Seattle's most respected political consultants and played key roles in numerous state and local elections in Washington state, including successful campaign...

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Torrance, R. C. "Torchy" (1899-1990)

Roscoe Conkling Torrance, known as Torchy, was a Seattle printer and civic booster. Among his numerous civic causes he was best known as an unflagging sports fan, a tireless booster of the University...

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Towne, Chris Smith (b. 1934)

Chris Smith Towne is a Seattle-based community and environmental activist and consultant. Her career trajectory began in Bellevue as a member of Bellevue's Park's Board and as a Bellevue City Council ...

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Towne, David Lawrence (b. 1931)

Dave Towne's natural optimism and gregariousness played a big part in his long, successful career in land management and parks and recreation that made lasting changes to the city of Seattle from the ...

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Trejo, Ruben (1937-2009)

Ruben Trejo was a nationally known sculptor and artist who taught at Eastern Washington University for 30 years and lived for most of his career in Spokane. His parents were Mexican immigrants and he ...

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Trimpin (b. 1951)

Gerhard Trimpin -- known since the 1960s by the single moniker Trimpin -- is an internationally acclaimed composer, musician, visual artist, and inventor. A native of Germany who has lived in Seattle ...

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Tsutakawa, George (1910-1997)

George Tsutakawa was an internationally recognized artist of Japanese American heritage. A native and longtime resident of Seattle, he was a painter, sculptor, and fountain maker. He made an art form ...

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Tuazon, Oscar (b. 1975)

Oscar Tuazon is an artist and sculptor who has exhibited widely in Europe and New York as well as in Washington. He was born and raised in Indianola on the Kitsap Peninsula. He was interested in drawi...

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Turner, the Rev. Dr. Dale (1917-2006)

The Rev. Dr. Dale Turner served 24 years (1958-1982) as senior minister of University Congregational Church in Seattle. He espoused a liberal Christian doctrine, wrote a religion column for The Seattl...

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Tutmarc-Johnson, Paula (1950-2013)

A Northwest songster of note, Paula Tutmarc-Johnson was born into Northwest music royalty. Her father was 1920s Seattle radio star, pioneering 1930s electric-guitar maker, music teacher, and bandleade...

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Uhlman, Wesley Carl (b. 1935)

When Wes Uhlman became the mayor of Seattle in 1969, an all-powerful City Council (mostly concerned with the interests of the downtown business establishment) dominated municipal politics. By the time...

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Unsoeld, Jolene Bishoprick (b. 1931)

Jolene Unsoeld's political beginnings date to the early 1970s, when as a self-described citizen meddler she worked on Initiative 276, a successful 1972 ballot measure that required the state to make i...

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Van Ness, William J. "Bill" Jr. (1938-2017)

Seattle attorney William J. "Bill" Van Ness Jr. worked under U.S. Senator Henry "Scoop" Jackson (1912-1983) from 1966 to 1977 on the U.S. Senate Committee on Interior and Insular Affairs. He served fi...

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Vancouver, George (1758-1798)

George Vancouver was an important explorer of Puget Sound. He served for 25 years in the British Navy, and commanded the 1791-1792 British expedition to the North Pacific. In April 1792, George Vancou...

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Vickery, Gordon Franklin (1920-1996)

Gordon Franklin Vickery served the City of Seattle for 34 years, first as a firefighter, rising to the office of Chief, and then as Superintendent of Seattle City Light. In both offices he exercised s...

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Wagoner, David (b. 1926)

David Wagoner, considered the dean of Pacific Northwest poets, was already embarked on a promising literary career when his mentor, the legendary Theodore Roethke (1908-1963), called in the winter of...

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Wainwright, General Jonathan Mayhew, IV (1883-1953)

Jonathan Mayhew Wainwright IV was born on August 23, 1883, at Fort Walla Walla into a family with a long history of U.S. military service. He furthered that tradition by attending West Point Military ...

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