Al Hoffman (1902-1960) ‘21
Born in Russia, Al moved to the US at age six with his family. He started his own band, playing
drums, and moved to New York in 1928 to pursue his music career. He began composing and
over the course of his career he wrote more than 1500 songs. He wrote for the stage in London
from 1934-37 and then returned to New York. His songs were performed by nearly every major
singer of the time, and continue to be recorded today. Hits included Mairzy Doats, Bibbidi
Bobbidi Boo, I'm Gonna Live Until I Die, Papa Loves Mambo, and I'm Gonna Live Til I Die. In
1984 he was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
Kearney Barton (1931-2012) ‘49
Kearney was an audio engineer credited with creating the Northwest Sound. In a career spanning
over five decades, he recorded multiple genres including rock, opera, jazz, folk, bluegrass,
classical, cabaret and gospel; and he recorded the soundtrack for 1984 Summer Olympics Gold
Medalist swimmers. Among the artists he recorded were Little Bill, the Frantics, the Counts, the
Kingsmen, Don and the Goodtimes, and Merilee Rush and the Turnabouts. He trained and mentored
an entire generation of students in the arts and sciences of audio engineering in his studio. He was
inducted into the Hall of Fame for the Northwest Music Association in 1992.
Ed Almquist ‘54
Ed may be best remembered by friends for heroic action that led to the rescue of his high school
classmate from an avalanche in 1953. He went on to become an orthopedic hand surgeon
respected for his surgical skill, ability to innovate and role as an educator. While maintaining a
busy private practice he taught at the University of Washington, and helped to establish Hand
Fellowship Program. Over the course of his career he served as Director of the Hand Clinic at
Children's Hospital Medical Center, president of the University of Washington Medical School
Alumni, and Chief of Staff at Children's Hospital. He has multiple publications and made many
presentations at the national and international level in his field.
Steven Lough ‘62
A tireless advocate for electric cars, Steve got interested in electronics at Franklin when his
teacher Victor McClellan got all of his student ham radio licenses. With the gas crisis of 1979 he
brought electric cars to his family-owned car dealership in Seattle. He soon joined and then
became president of the Seattle EV Association (SEVA) with the goal to "Educate, Demonstrate,
and Proliferate" the use of EVs through rallies, contests, car shows, and public speaking. He never
wavered from that passion and has been recognized by Mayor Greg Nickels, Governor Jay Inslee
and King County Executive Ron Sims. He was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the
National Electric Auto Association in 2013.
Lori Tan Chinn ‘66
Lori left Seattle in 1969 to pursue a dance career, adding acting and singing later. Recipient of the Helen Hayes Award for her portrayal of Bloody Mary in South Pacific, she is considered by many R&H devotees as “the definitive Bloody Mary”. She has performed opposite: Diane Keaton, Hugh Grant, Glenn Close, Harry Connick, Jr., Al Pacino, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Mark Ruffalo, Roseanne, Bill Murray, and BD Wong. A new prison streaming series pulled her from retirement plans, as did a fourth Broadway show, opening in 2017, where she will be dancing again – full circle.