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Adams, Bishop John Hurst (b. 1927)

Bishop John Hurst Adams was pastor at Seattle's First African Methodist Episcopal Church from 1962 to 1968 and a leader in the city's civil rights struggle. He moved to other cities and states after 1...

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Adams, Brock (1927-2004)

Brock Adams represented the state of Washington for 12 years in the U.S. House of Representatives and six in the U.S. Senate, and served as the U.S. Secretary of Transportation. He began his career as...

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Adams, Leo (b. 1942)

A member of the Yakama Nation and one of Eastern Washington's most acclaimed artists, Leo Adams is a uniquely gifted painter and designer whose house overlooking the Yakima Valley has long been consid...

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Adams, Nora B. (1928-2004)

Nora B. Adams was an African American Seattle Public School principal who left more than $1 million in her estate to three of her major interests. She left $600,000 to the Seattle Public Schools Sch...

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Alexander, Stella (1881-1960)

Stella Alexander was a woman ahead of her time. She broke into the previously exclusive boy's club of Issaquah politics when she was elected to the town council in 1927, and in 1932 was elected to a ...

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Allen, Paul (1953-2018)

Despite having made billions of dollars as a result of his computer programming skills, Paul Gardner Allen insisted that he was not a geek.  "I wasn’t a nerd," Allen writes in his 2012 auto...

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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 ...

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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 an...

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Alley-Barnes, Royal (b. 1946)

Royal Alley-Barnes held many different job titles during a career in Seattle city government that spanned more than 40 years -- from senior budget analyst in the Office of Management and Budget to exe...

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Allison, George H. "Mike," M.D. (1921-2016)

George H. "Mike" Allison, M.D., a Seattle psychiatrist who specialized in psychoanalysis, was a member of the original Northwest Clinic of Psychiatry and Neurology with Douglass Orr, M.D. (1905-1990),...

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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,...

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Anderson, Cal (1948-1995)

State Senator Calvin "Cal" Anderson, who represented the 43rd District (encompassing portions of Seattle including the Capitol Hill neighborhood), was Washington's first openly gay state legislator. O...

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Anderson, Ernestine (1928-2016)

Ernestine Anderson launched her amazing career as a jazz singer while still a teenaged Seattle high school student back in the 1940s. By the 1950s she was an experienced performer who'd toured widely ...

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Anderson, Guy (1906-1998)

Guy Anderson was, according to Bruce Guenther, former curator of modern art at the Seattle Art Museum, "perhaps the most powerful artist to emerge from the Northwest School." Partly by virtue of his s...

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Anderson, Otto (1857-1938)

The excellent wood-working skills of Swedish immigrant, Otto Edward Anderson provided him with good job opportunities upon his arrival in the Pacific Northwest in 1888. One highlight of his career mus...

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Angell, Tony (b. 1940)

Tony Angell is an eminent Pacific Northwest painter and sculptor whose work has often centered on birds, especially ravens and crows. He is also an author. Since 1971, he has been Washington State Dir...

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Anhalt, Frederick William (1896-1996)

Builder and contractor Frederick William Anhalt produced some of Seattle's most noteworthy apartment buildings in the years immediately surrounding the Great Depression.

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Arai, Kichio Allen (1901-1966)

Kichio Allen Arai was Seattle's first Asian American architect to design buildings under his own name. Arai's approach to design integrated Japanese aesthetics with American conventions. Arai's career...

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Arntz, Deirdre "Dee" (b. 1942)

Dee Arntz is one of Washington state's foremost wetlands advocates. She worked in government throughout her career, specializing in program management and grant administration, and when she moved to S...

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Arquette, William "Chief" (1884-1943)

William Arquette, a member of the Puyallup Indian Tribe who as a child living along Elliot Bay witnessed the Great Seattle Fire of 1889, was among the earliest musical stars from the Pacific Northwest...

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Arum, John B. (1961-2010)

John Arum was an environmental attorney and outdoorsman who gained prominence in his adopted state of Washington as an advocate for wilderness preservation and Native American tribal rights. He worked...

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Averill, Howard Earl (1902-1983)

Earl Averill -- he went by his middle name -- was a relatively small player from a small town who made it big in major league baseball. Born, raised, and retired in Snohomish, he didn't begin his big-...

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Axtell, Frances (1866-1953)

Frances Axtell of Bellingham was one of the first two women elected to serve in the Washington state legislature, serving between 1913 and 1915. She promoted minimum wage and public safety legislation...

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Ayer, Elizabeth (1897-1987)

Elizabeth Ayer, the first female graduate of the University of Washington's architecture program, helped fashion the residential architecture of many Seattle neighborhoods in the mid-twentieth century...

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