2017 Induction

John Prim 1898-1961  ‘18

John attended the University of Washington received his law degree in 1927. He worked in private practice until 1943 when he assumed the responsibilities as deputy prosecutor of King County. He returned to private practice in 1951. In 1954, Mayor Allan Pomeroy appointed him judge pro tem of Seattle Municipal Court. He was one of the founders of the Urban League, was the first African American to serve as deputy prosecuting attorney for King County, the first African American judge in the state and the first African American member of the Washington State Board of Prisons and Parole.

Gordon Bjork '53

Gordon attended Dartmouth after graduating from Franklin, and then Oxford (Rhodes Scholar) before receiving his PhD in Economics at the UW.  He taught at UBC, Carleton, and Columbia before becoming president of Linfield College (Oregon) at the age of 32. During his 42 years of teaching, he wrote four books and many articles; he contributed to ten additional books.   His last book (2000) was an explanation of how structural and demographic change in the US economy would slow down the rate of economic growth and cause problems for the US in the 21st century. He has been an advisor to many corporations and government agencies including the EPA where he served on the citizen’s advisory panel from 2001-2005. After his retirement from Claremont McKenna College, where he was the Lovelace Professor of Economics for 27 years, he was honored by the alumni who endowed a Gordon Bjork Professorial Chair in Economics and Finance and a Gordon Bjork Scholarship Fund for students

Trent Johnson '74

Trent played basketball at Boise State University where he graduated as one of the top ten career leaders in scoring, rebounding, and minutes played. A tenacious competitor, he was a four-year starter and an All Big Sky Conference selection his senior year. An assistant basketball coach for over a decade at the high school and collegiate level, he earned a reputation for recruiting, developing players, and being a tireless worker. He then began a decorated career as a head coach leading programs at Nevada, Stanford, LSU and TCU to multiple NCAA tournament berths and conference championships. Widely recognized for his integrity, he has been named coach of the year in three conferences: the WAC Coach of Year in 2003, the PAC 10 Coach of Year in 2008, and the SEC Coach of Year in 2009.  A true ambassador for the sport of basketball. Trent is greatly respected by his players and peers.

Paola Maranan '80

After graduating from Harvard Paola worked in Alabama doing research on voting rights. She returned to Seattle in 1989, working first with the Washington State Family Policy Council and the Washington State Commission on African American Affairs. She joined the Children’s Alliance in 1993 and became the executive director in 2004. The Children’s Alliance, a child advocacy organization has developed a national reputation for its work in institutional racism under her leadership. Paola has won many awards recognizing her work, including Advocacy Award, Minority Executive Directors Coalition, 2001; Excellence in Advocacy, Seattle Human Services Coalition, 2002; Citizen of the Year, Seattle-King County Municipal League, 2011; and Bill Grace Legacy Award, Center for Ethical Leadership, 2011.