Katie Houlahan Dolan (1924–2006) ‘43
As a Franklin senior Katie travelled to Camp Harmony in Puyallup, a Japanese internment camp, to deliver graduation diplomas to her friends Jane and Beth Sugura. She later earned a degree in drama, was a stage actress and fashion model, and hosted two local television shows —Women's World and Eye on Seattle. When her son Patrick was diagnosed with autism there were no options for educating children with disabilities. Katie and her husband Duane, with other parents, founded the Northwest Center in Seattle in 1965 to address that need. They went on to author the Washington State Education for All Act, which mandated public schooling for developmentally disabled children in Washington. This legislation was a model for the 1975 federal Education for All Handicapped Children Act.
Felix Skowronek (1934-2006) ‘52
Felix received a degree in Flute Performance from the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, where he studied flute and chamber music after graduating from Franklin. He served as principal flute with the Seattle Symphony, then with the Orquestra Sinfonica de Puerto Rico and the St. Louis Symphony. From 1968 he was a professor at the UW School of Music, best known for his revival of the wooden Boehm-system flute at a time when the field was dominated by flutes made of fine metals. He served as president of the Seattle Flute Society, president and board chairman of the National Flute Association and Music Director of Belle Arte Concerts, a professional chamber music series in Bellevue.
Terry studied civil engineering at the University of Washington and business at the University of Puget Sound. During high school he worked in the family business, Deeny Construction, as a pipe layer and rose to the position of general superintendent, and then served as the company’s president and CEO in 1970 until he retired to emeritus status in 2000. He was president of the Association of General Contractors of Washington in 1979 and president of the Association of General Contractors of America in 1999. Awards include the SIR Award from the AGCA in 2007, the Outstanding Leadership Award from the Association of Utility Contractors of Washington and the UW Construction Hall of Fame in 1996.
Albert R. Cohen ’61
Al earned degrees in education at the University of Washington, and a PhD at Seattle University. He worked from 1965 to 1979 in the Seattle School District as an elementary teacher and as a principal, then moved to the Northshore School District first as a principal and then as Executive Director for Elementary and Secondary Education. From 1990 to 2001 he was Superintendent of Schools for the Olympia School District. He was then recruited by the Clover Park School District where he served as superintendent for seven years. Al’s service to the community included work on many boards, including United Way of Thurston County, Washington Center for the Performing Arts, Providence St. Peter Hospital, and Rotary Club of Olympia.
Edwin Lee ’70
Ed graduated from Bowdoin College and went to UC Berkeley for a law degree. He worked as managing attorney for the San Francisco Asian Law Caucus as an advocate for affordable housing and the rights of immigrants and renters. In 1989, Ed was appointed as San Francisco’s first investigator under the city's Whistleblower Ordinance. He worked as executive director of the San Francisco Human Rights Commission, as Director of Public Works for the City, and then was appointed as City Administrator. When the San Francisco mayor resigned 2011, Ed was appointed to complete the term. He ran for office and was elected in 2012, the first Asian-American to be elected to that office. In 2011 he was awarded the inaugural Coro Community Catalyst Award.