Royal Brougham (1894–1978) ‘12
Royal began a career as a sports writer with the Seattle Post Intelligencer in 1910 and he served as a Seattle newspaper sports writer and editor, as well as a memorable early TV sports anchor for the nearly seven decades. His contributions to the community were also remarkable. He founded the Royal Brougham Sports Hall of Fame and Museum; served on the board of directors of the Seattle-King County American Red Cross; was Washington director for the National Commission of Living War Memorials; and was twice a member of the Olympic Games Press Committee. Royal was named Port of Seattle's First Citizen in 1946, First Citizen in sports by Greater Seattle, Inc.
George Hitchings (1905–1998) ‘23
George attended the University of Washington before receiving his PhD in biochemistry from Harvard in 1933. He was vice president in charge of research at Burroughs-Wellcome. His own discoveries and research leadership led to developments of drugs to treat such medical problems as gout, malaria, bacterial infections, organ transplantation, and cancer. Considered by many to be a founder of the field of chemotherapeutics, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 1988. He said wrote: “My experiences at Franklin High School in Seattle were notable—we had a most heterogeneous population, one that blended upper class and minorities including blacks, Filipinos, Japanese, Chinese and first generation Catanians. As a result, I lost any self-consciousness I felt in dealing with people from different cultures and backgrounds.”
Brice Taylor (1902–1974) ‘23
Brice, orphaned at age five, became an All-American football player despite being born without a left hand. He was captain of Franklin’s winning football teams, and was called “the greatest player ever seen in high school football in Seattle." He attended the University of Southern California (he had hoped to go to the University of Washington but was denied because of his race), where he won All-American honors and anchored the US Olympic gold medal 400-meter relay team. When he left USC he became a teacher and a coach (the first black head high school football coach in Los Angeles). He later became a minister, working with boys' clubs and juvenile delinquents.
Victor Steinbreuck (1911–1985) ‘28
Victor graduated from the University of Washington School of Architecture in 1935 and worked in various architectural firms and served in the military before joining the faculty at the University of Washington in 1946. He is renowned for his advocacy of historic preservation, including Seattle's Pike Place Market and Pioneer Square. He was involved in the design of such Seattle landmarks as the Market Park, the Faculty Center on the UW campus, the Exhibition Pavilion for the 1962 Seattle World's Fair, and the Space Needle. He received the Washington State Architect of the Year Award in 1960 and was named First Citizen of Seattle in 1977. Shortly after his death Pike Place Park was re-named in his honor.
Eleanor Hadley (1916–2007) ‘34
Eleanor Hadley graduated from Mills College in 1938 with a BA in politics, economics, and philosophy. She received her PhD in economics from Radcliffe College in 1947 after serving with the US State Department and on General MacArthur's staff during the initial occupation of Japan following World War II, where she was responsible for the development of the antitrust policies in Japan. She was a professor at Smith College in Massachusetts and George Washington University in Washington, DC. In her writing, she became a leading chronicler of the antitrust experiment in Japan during the Occupation.
George Kozmetsky (1917–2003) ‘34
George Kozmetsky had distinguished careers in business and academia. After earning a PhD in commercial science from Harvard, he cofounded Teledyne, Inc., and was the dean of the University of Texas College of Business Administration for sixteen years. He was a technology innovator, businessman, educator, author, and philanthropist. In 1977 Dr. Kozmetsky founded the IC² Institute, a think tank charged with researching the intersection of business, government, ad education. In 1988, he received the University of Washington's Alumnus Summa Dignatus Award, the highest honor accorded alumni of that university. In 1993 he received the National Medal of Technology Award from President Bill Clinton.
Emmett Watson (1918–2001) ‘37
For over fifty years, Emmett Watson was a premier columnist for Seattle's major newspapers. Emmett set out to play professional baseball, but when he washed out as a Seattle Rainier, he caught on in 1944 as a sports writer with the old Seattle Star (then Seattle's third newspaper). The Seattle Times hired him as a sports writer in 1947, and he went to the Post Intelligencer in 1950. He remained with the PI for thirty-three years. In 1962 he began to write full time as a columnist, and through his work in "This, Our City” and its later variations, Emmett became the Northwest's best-known columnist and journalist.
Fred Hutchinson (1919–1964) ‘37
Fred Hutchinson played multiple positions – pitcher, catcher, first baseman, and outfielder for Franklin’s championship teams from 1934 to 1937. He started his professional baseball career as a pitcher for the Yakima Indians in 1937 and the Seattle Rainiers in 1938; he moved to the majors as pitcher for the Detroit Tigers from 1939 to 1952 and then served as their manager until 1954. He later managed the Seattle Rainiers, the St. Louis Cardinals and the Cincinnati Reds. He was Seattle’s Man of the Year in 1938; the National League’s Manager of the Year in 1957; and Sport Magazine’s Man of the Year in 1964. The Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, founded by his brother Bill (‘26), was named in his honor.
James McCurdy ‘41
A football star while at Franklin, McCurdy went to the University of Washington after graduation and became chairman of the Puget Sound Bridge and Dredging Company, later purchased by Lockheed in 1959. While working at Lockheed, McCurdy served as president of the Chamber of Commerce, the Rotary Club, and the Rainier Club. After twenty-seven years with Lockheed, he retired as chairman of the board.
Martha (Wiederrecht) Wright ‘41
Martha began sang at Franklin and performed on radio and in musical theater in Seattle after graduation. She moved to New York, was chosen as understudy for the lead in an operetta, and ultimately created the role for Broadway. She replaced Mary Martin in South Pacific, and again replaced her in the role of Maria in The Sound of Music. Her career included recordings, regular radio performances, and a weekly television show. She retired in the late 1960s to raise her family but continued to appear in concerts and tributes until the 1980s.
Marvin "Buzz" Anderson (1928-2013) ‘45
Buzz, a lifelong resident of Rainier Valley, devoted his career to the interests of his community. He founded the Rainier District Little League Baseball organization in 1951. He was a regular member of the Pioneers of Columbia City and became president in 1993. He reorganized the group, eliminated restrictive membership requirements, and changed the name to the Rainier Valley Historical Society. Buzz served as president of the Rainier Chamber of Commerce in 1967, receiving the John Merrill Memorial Service Award in 1994 for his service to the community.
Jean VelDwyk ‘48
Jean remained in the Franklin community after her graduation, becoming a community leader. She opened a real estate and insurance office, and later a property management company on Rainier Avenue. She was the cofounder and president of Sound Savings and Loan Association, was the first woman president of the Rainier Chamber of Commerce and the Seattle-King County Board of Realtors. She chaired the Seattle Center Advisory Committee and of the Senior Services of Seattle-King County. For her work as cofounder and chair of the Southeast Seattle Crime Prevention Council she received a 1990 award from the president of the United States for innovation and success in reducing crime.
Bill Wright ‘54
Bill was a star athlete at Franklin, playing golf and with the state championship-winning basketball team. At Western Washington University excelled again in both sports. In 1960 he won the NAIA National Intercollegiate Golf Championship, and he was the first African American golfer to win a USGA title, the 1959 US Amateur Public Links Championship. On his return to Seattle, he was honored as Man of the Year for the state of Washington. He dreamed of becoming a professional golfer, but without the backing of a country club or corporate sponsors, black golfers lacked the resources needed to compete. Wright taught elementary school in Los Angeles and became a successful owner of automobile dealerships. Golf remained his passion – he played in the 1966 US Open in San Francisco and in five US Senior Opens.
Gary Locke ‘68
Gary graduated from Yale University and received his law degree from Boston University. He served as a deputy King County prosecuting attorney, then served eleven years in the Washington State House of Representatives, ultimately chairing the Appropriations Committee. He was elected chief executive of King County in 1993 and served as Washington State governor from 1997-2005. He was appointed US Secretary of Commerce by Barack Obama, where he was responsible for the 2010 census. From 2011-2014 he served as the ambassador to the People's Republic of China.
Mark Morris ‘73
Mark has been hailed by many critics as the world’s most exciting living choreographer. He founded the Mark Morris Dance Group in New York City (1980), was director of Dance Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels (1988–1991); co-founded the White Oak Dance Project (1990). He has choreographed over 150 works for his company, as well as many opera and classical ballet companies around the world. In 1991, he received a MacArthur genius award. He was named a Fellow of the MacArthur Foundation. He received the Samuel H. Scripps/American Dance Festival Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007, and the Leonard Bernstein Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010.