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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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Walker, Doug (1950-2015) and Maggie (b. 1953)

Doug Walker was a Seattle software entrepreneur -- cofounder of Walker, Richer & Quinn (WRQ) -- who became a linchpin in Puget Sound philanthropy, with national conservation commitments that include c...

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Walker, Lillian (1913-2012)

Lillian Walker was an African American civil rights activist in the Bremerton area. Raised in rural Illinois, Walker went on to Chicago to pursue nursing, and moved to Bremerton in 1941 with her husba...

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Walker, Marjorie (1906-1992)

Marjorie Walker was an unconventional and well-to-do New York artist who left city life to live on rural San Juan Island. She'd first seen the San Juan archipelago, located between the Northwest Washi...

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Walker, Mary Richardson (1811-1897)

As a young girl in Maine, Mary Richardson set her mind to become a missionary. Upon marrying Elkanah Walker in 1837, the couple set out for the Oregon Country. They settled among the Spokane Indians t...

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Walkinshaw, Jean (b. 1926)

Award-winning producer Jean Walkinshaw (b. 1926) pioneered television documentary filmmaking in the Northwest. Beginning at KING-TV in the 1960s, Walkinshaw pushed TV beyond its white middle-class com...

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Wallgren, Monrad Charles (1891-1961)

Monrad Charles "Mon" Wallgren (1891-1961) served four terms in the U.S. House of Representatives and four years in the U.S. Senate before becoming Washington's 13th governor in 1944. Swept into office...

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Wallingford, John Jr. (1833-1913)

John Wallingford Jr., a real estate developer who gave his name to the north Seattle neighborhood of Wallingford, arrived in Seattle in 1888 at the age of 55. He was born in Maine, and served in the C...

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Walt Crowley's Memorial

This People's History contains the text of the memorial service for Walt Crowley (1947-2007), beloved leader and cofounder of www.historylink.org, the online encyclopedia of Washington state history (...

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Wanamaker, Pearl Anderson (1899-1984)

Pearl Wanamaker was a long-serving Superintendent of Public Instruction (1941-1957), whose years in the non-partisan office addressed World War II educational and vocational demands, and managed the b...

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