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Sullivan, Cynthia (b. 1949)

Cynthia Sullivan, a Democrat, served for 20 years on the Metropolitan King County Council, making her one of the longest serving Council members. During that time, she had a major impact on growth man...

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Sullivan, William J., SJ (b. 1930)

Father William J. Sullivan is a Jesuit priest who for 20 years (1976-1996) served as president of Seattle University. During his presidency he guided that institution's growth and stabilized its fina...

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Svoboda, Marie (1920-2012)

Marie Svoboda, Seattle’s pioneering grande dame of yoga, opened her Queen Anne studio in 1969. It was a bold move for one of the city's few leotard-clad women then offering yoga classes at community...

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Swan, James G. (1818-1900)

James G. Swan lived one of the most varied and colorful lives in the early history of Washington Territory. He was variously an oysterman, customs inspector, secretary to congressional delegate Isaac ...

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Sweany, Gordon H. (1913-1986)

Gordon H. Sweany was a Seattle lawyer and the chairman of the board of SAFECO Corp. Under his leadership, SAFECO grew into one of the 20 largest diversified financial corporations in the United State...

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Tanbara, Kimiko Fujimoto (1924-2017) and George Tanbara, M.D. (1922-2017)

Dr. George Tanbara and Kimiko Fujimoto Tanbara of Tacoma were partners in social justice, public health, community service, and the resettlement of Japanese Americans in the Pierce County city followi...

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Taylor, Moulton "Molt" (1912-1995)

It's a car! It's a plane! No, it's both! The Aerocar, a combination car and airplane, was designed by Northwest native Moulton "Molt" Taylor, a gifted inventor, innovative thinker, and enthusiastic pr...

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Taylor, Quintard, Jr. (b. 1948)

Quintard Taylor Jr. is a University of Washington professor and historian who founded BlackPast.org, an online encyclopedia of African American history. Born in Tennessee to a family of sharecroppers...

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Taylor, William (1853-1941)

William Taylor was the founder of North Bend, Washington, located in King County. He was a prime mover in this Snoqualmie Valley community.

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Thal, Sidney (1909-2002)

Sidney Thal was one of Seattle's most beloved personalities. In 1948, he and his wife Berta Thal (1911-1996) purchased Fox's Gem Shop in downtown Seattle and transformed it into a leading retailer of ...

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The Historic Murray Morgan: A Remembrance by Paul Dorpat

This reminiscence of Murray Morgan (1916-2000), the preeminent Northwest historian, is by Paul Dorpat, HistoryLink's principal historian, and an old friend of Murray Morgan's.

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Thiry, Paul Albert (1904-1993)

Among Washington's most illustrious architects of his generation, Paul Thiry exerted a major influence in the emergence of the "Northwest style" of architecture as an early proponent of modernist desi...

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