Al Ulbrickson, Sr (1903-1976) ‘21
Al rowed across Lake Washington from Mercer Island to attend Franklin each day. With the encouragement of his Franklin teachers encouraged him to attend the University of Washington. He graduated and coached the rowing team at the University of Washington for thirty-one years, leading his team to six national titles. His two biggest wins were the 1936 Olympic Gold Medal in Berlin, featured in the book The Boys in the Boat, and defeating the Soviet Union in Moscow in 1958. He was Seattle's Man of the Year in 1936, was inducted into the Husky Hall of Fame in 1979, and was named by the Seattle Times as one of Seattle's top twenty-five coaches of the century.
John White (1916–1997) ‘32
After graduation, John White worked for two years, saving his money to enroll at the University of Washington. He graduated with a degree in metallurgical engineering. While at the UW he rowed with the varsity crew for four years and was a member of the team that won the gold medal in the 1936 Berlin Olympics. He inducted into the UW Husky Hall of Fame in 1979.
Al Moen (1916–2001) ‘34
Al invented the single-handle mixing faucet, inspired in 1937 after nearly burning himself at a standard two-handle faucet. He was able to begin production after the end of WW II. In 1959 Fortune magazine named his faucet one of the top one hundred best-designed products of modern times. He went on to hold seventy-five patents, including the screen aerator and the push-button shower diverter. He headed Moen Incorporated's research and development group until his retirement in 1982.
Bonnie McDonald Riach ‘48
Bonnie graduated from Franklin with a sense of civic activism, and is nationally recognized as a leader in the prevention of child abuse. In the 1970s, she organized every county in Washington and helped coordinate at the national level with Prevent Child Abuse America. Her efforts led to the creation of the Council for Children and Families and the Children's Trust Foundation, both focusing on prevention of child abuse. In the late 1990s, concerned that the Franklin Band did not have uniforms, she took the lead in raising money purchase new uniforms, the first major fund raising effort of the Franklin Alumni Association.
Ron Santo 1940–2010 ‘58
Ron played in major league baseball from 1960 to 1974, most notably as the third baseman for the Chicago Cubs. He won five Golden Glove Awards and was a nine-time National League All-Star. He joined the Cubs' broadcast booth in 1990 and gained renown for his enthusiasm, including groans and cheers during the game. Diagnosed with diabetes when he was twenty, he concealed his diagnosis for most of his playing career. He was active in fundraising for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, ultimately or raising over $60 million. He was named Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation's "Person of the Year in 2002. In 2012 he was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Lewis Albanese (1946-1966) ‘64
“Lewie” was born in 1946 in Italy and at the age of 2 immigrated to the United States with his parents settling in Rainier Valley. He graduated from Franklin in 1964 and entered the armed forces. He was killed while serving in Vietnam and was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor posthumously for saving many lives during a sniper attack on his army platoon in Vietnam. A Fort Benning barracks is named in his honor. Of the 1.5 million men and women that served in Vietnam, only 242 were awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor.
Kenneth Alhadeff ‘66
Kenny graduated from Washington State University and then went to work at Longacres Racetrack, his family business. He immediately became involved in philanthropy and states his number one priority is his family. Kenny has served on the multiple boards including Seattle Symphony, Seattle Repertory Theater, Fifth Avenue Theater, and Northwest School for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. He chaired the MKL Holiday Commission. He twice chaired the Washington State University Board of Regents. After the sale of Longacres he built the Majestic Bay Theater. He is chairman of Elttaes Enterprises and the Alhadeff Family Foundation. He is a partner in Junkyard Dog Productions which won the 2010 Tony award for Memphis.
Scott Oki ‘66
After service in the US Air Force, and attending the University of Colorado, Scott started his own computer software company in San Francisco. He returned to Seattle in 1982 to join Microsoft where he conceived and built their international operation. He then became vice president of domestic operations, retiring in 1992. He and his wife endowed the Oki Foundation and helped found other nonprofit entities, including Sounders for Kids, Social Venture Partners, and Seattle Parks Foundation. They have supported many other organizations, including the Boys and Girls Club, Seattle Children’s Hospital and the YWCA and the Seattle Sounders Soccer Club. The Seattle-King County Association of Realtors named Scott and Laurie Oki First Citizens of 2002.