Hall of Fame
Hall of Fame
Franklin High School established the Hall of Fame in 1992. Staff and students selected alumni and staff who had played inspirational roles at Franklin or who had made important contributions in their fields following graduation. In 1998 the Alumni Association was asked to take over the role of choosing new members. Additional inductions into the Hall of Fame took place in 1998, 2001, 2005, 2013 and 2014. Future nominations are welcome and inductions are currently planned to take place at the annual meeting in May of each year.
A celebration is planned May 21,2015
Criteria for nomination are as follows:
- Must have graduated from Franklin
- Must have graduated at least 15 years prior to nomination
- May be living or deceased
- Shall have gained prominence and recognition on a national, state, regional or local level in their chosen field or endeavor. Those fields of endeavor shall include, but not be limited to, the following: business and industry, education, medicine, law, science and research, religion, sports, politics and government, entertainment, volunteerism, and international relations
- Shall have conducted their lives in an honorable manner
We welcome nominations. Please contact us at FAAandF@gmail.com and we will send you a nomination form.
Or you can download a form and mail or e-mail it to the nomination committee: Hall of Fame Nomination Form. The deadline is December 8, 2014
Below, listed by year of induction, are the current members of the Franklin Hall of Fame.
William Hutchison (1909–1997, FHS 1926)
Bill entered Franklin at the age of twelve and quickly became active in the Glee Club and baseball. He attended the University of Washington, where he captained the baseball team. He decided on medicine as a career, received his MD at McGill University, and in 1941 began his career as a surgeon in Seattle. In 1956 he became the founding director and president of the Pacific Northwest Research Foundation. He became interested in establishing a cancer research center in the region (which took on additional significance when his brother Fred, a noted Major League baseball player and manager, died of lung cancer in 1964). The Fred Hutchison Cancer Research Center opened its doors in 1975. Bill was the recipient of numerous medical and social service awards.
Jim Ellis (FHS 1939)
Jim attended Yale, graduated in 1942, and was then sent by the Air Force to a cadet-training program in meteorology. When his brother Bob was killed in action, he vowed to “do something extra” to make up for what his brother might have done had he lived. His life story is a testament to that decision. Graduating from law school in 1948, he worked as a municipal bond lawyer. He never held public office, never headed a major corporation, and never became rich. Yet he left a bigger footprint on Seattle and King County than perhaps any other single individual, as a citizen activist for more than half a century. He was a leader in the campaigns to clean up Lake Washington in the 1950s; to finance mass transit, parks, pools, and other public facilities through "Forward Thrust" bonds in the 1960s; to preserve farmlands in the 1970s; to build and later expand the Washington State Convention & Trade Center in the 1980s; and to establish the Mountains to Sound Greenway along the I-90 corridor in the 1990s. He is known for his tenacity when taking on an issue: most of these projects became realities only after years of opposition. Honors include a First Citizen award from the Seattle-King County Association of Realtors in 1968, a national Jefferson Award in 1976, and a Lifetime Achievement Award from American Lawyer in 2005. Said Norm Rice, former mayor of Seattle: "When you think of the legacy of the Northwest and all we have—a cleaned-up Lake Washington, the green open space, even the viability of downtown Seattle, Jim Ellis' name is at the top of the list. He truly is a visionary who has dedicated himself to bettering his community."
Bridge Brothers Herb (FHS 1942) Robert (FHS 1948)
Herb and Bob were second generation Franklin alumni—their mother was a 1919 graduate.
Herb joined the Navy after graduation, with active service during WWII and the Korean War. He rose to rear admiral in the Naval Reserve prior to retirement after forty-one years of service. He and his brother joined in 1955 to operate the family business, Ben Bridge Jewelers. Herb went on to serve as chairman of the Seattle Chamber of Commerce and was a director of Washington Mutual Bank. Known as “Mr. Downtown,” Herb received many distinctive honors for his community and business accomplishments, including induction in the National Jeweler Hall of Fame and the 2001 Seattle-King County First Citizen Award. His involvement and leadership have included dozens of causes, including the co-chairmanship with his son of the 2000 United Way campaign, which raised more than $93 million. He also has championed housing for low-income people.
Bob attended the University of Washington after graduation and received a BA in business. He joined the Navy and served during the Korean War. While working in the family jewelry business he sat as board of directors for Jewelers Mutual and was given such honors as the M. B. Zale Meritorious Service to Humanity Award and has been inducted into the National Jeweler Hall of Fame.
John Ellis (FHS 1946)
John, younger brother of Jim (FHS ’39), attended the University of Washington for undergraduate and law school. He joined Puget Power as general counsel, became president and CEO in 1976, and became chairman of the board in 1987. He is best known for leading the effort to keep the Mariners in Seattle and build the team a new baseball stadium. He has also served as chairman of the board of regents for both Washington State University and Seattle University. He played a pivotal role in converting the Bellevue Boys Club to a Boys and Girls Club, a precedent later adopted nationwide. Awards include an Outstanding Community Service Award from the Boy Scouts of America and a Civic Commitment Award from the National Council on Aging. The Seattle-King County Association of Realtors named John Ellis as its First Citizen of 1987.
OL Mitchell (FHS 1953)
Athletics and Activities Director. OL Mitchell graduated from Franklin in 1953 and many believe he was born with green and black blood. After leaving FHS he attended Whitworth College where he obtained a BA in Recreation and Physical Education. He returned to his alma mater in 1968 and spent the remainder of his career supporting three decades of students. The majority of his career was spent as the activities and athletics director that meant he was in charge of everything from assemblies, to football games, from student government to prom. OL was also very involved in his community. He was a founding member of Central Area Youth Association (CAYA) and also worked for the Seattle Parks department and sat on many different boards and commissions around the Seattle Area.
Cheryl Chow (1946-2013, FHS 1964)
Cheryl attended Western Washington University and then earned a master's degree in education from Seattle University. She worked as a teacher and administrator in more than a dozen different schools in the Seattle School District, and served as director of middle school principals and assistant superintendent in the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction. From 1991 to 1998 she sat on the Seattle City Council and was a driving force behind the redevelopment of five community centers. She was elected to the school board and served for four years until she decided to step down—at that time she became program services director for the Girl Scouts. She has sat on the boards of numerous organizations, including First Place School, the YWCA, and the Girl Scouts Totem Council, and she led the award-winning Seattle Chinese Community Girls Drill Team.
Franklin Raines (FHS 1967)
Frank graduated from Harvard and then was a Rhodes Scholar at Magdalen College, Oxford University, before graduating from Harvard Law School. He served in the Carter Administration as associate director for economics and government in the Office of Management and Budget and assistant director of the White House Domestic Policy Staff from 1977 to 1979. He then worked for eleven years in an investment firm. He joined the Clinton Administration as the director of the Office of Management and Budget from 1996 to 1998. In 1991 he had became Fannie's Mae's vice chairman; he returned in 1999 as CEO. He retired in 2005 and continues to live in Washington, DC, and serves on the boards of corporations and nonprofit organizations.
Terry Metcalf (FHS 1969)—Terry achieved success as a running back. He attended Long Beach State for college, and then played for the St. Louis Cardinals, Toronto Argonauts, and Washington Redskins. He returned to Franklin to help coach at Franklin and later coached at Renton High School.
Stephanie Stokes Oliver (FHS 1970)
Stephanie graduated from Howard University with a degree in journalism. She worked at Glamour and then moved to Essence, where she became the editor of the magazine. She later was the founding editor in chief of Heart & Soul; in 1998 she formed SSO Communications, Inc., a publishing and new media consulting firm in the New York area. She is the author of Daily Cornbread: 365 Secrets for a Healthy Mind, Body & Spirit, Seven Soulful Secrets For Finding Your Purpose and Minding Your Mission, and Song for My Father: Memoir of an All-American Family.
Kenny Gorelick (FHS 1974)
Kenny G started playing saxophone in 1966 and was first chair in the Franklin jazz band. Kenny started playing professionally with Barry White's Love Unlimited Orchestra in 1976. After graduating from the University of Washington, he worked with Jeff Lorber Fusion, making two albums with the group. Soon he was signed to Arista as a soloist. His fourth album, Duotones, made him into a star. Soon he was in demand for guest appearances on recordings of such famous singers as Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, and Natalie Cole. Kenny G's own records have sold well, particularly Breathless, which has easily topped 8 million copies in the United States; his total album sales top 30 million copies. The holiday album Miracles, released in 1994, and 1996's Moment continued the momentum of his commercial success.
Mario Bailey (FHS 1988)
Mario was a successful pro football wide receiver. He played for the University of Washington and holds the record there for touchdowns in one season; he was named All-American in 1991. He played 1995–2000 for Frankfurt in the National Football League in Europe, and later coached at Franklin from 2004 to 2008.
Lynn Knell Jones, Teacher
Lynn Knell Jones was instrumental in creating a cohesive art program open to all students at Franklin in the 1980s. Multiple classes including ceramics, drawing and an advanced placement program became available under her leadership. Franklin’s art program has produced multiple award winning students and pieces. Some of those contests include the PTA reflections contest, METRO, and the Goodwill Art competition. It is the tireless hard work of Lynn Knell Jones that took a set of underachieving art classes and turned them into a rigorous, award-winning program for students.
Rick Nagel, Teacher
Although he graduated from Garfield, Rick Nagel spent 30 years as a teacher at Franklin. In that 30-year period he created the extremely popular Law and Society program which examined the role of the individual in society and the many aspects of law and justice. In addition Mr Nagel created the Mock Trial Program. Franklin’s Mock Trial team won the National Championship Mock Trial competition in 2000 and has won the state trophy many times.
Ella Pitre, Faculty
Ms. Ella Pitre was considered the matriarch of Franklin High School during her 30 years as a staff member. She began as an assistant secretary early in her career, but ended her reign as the beloved Attendance Secretary. In this role she interacted with the thousands of students who came to adore her, and she not stop when the school bell rang at the end of each day. She was a member of the Parent Teachers Association, the Site Council and was seen at many of Franklin’s sporting events.Ms. Pitre is also very involved in her community and has been honored with the Martin Luther King Jr. Church Community Service award for her work. She was named the Western States Woman of the Year.
Royal Broughham (1894–1978, FHS 1912)
Royal began a career as a sports writer with the Seattle Post Intelligencer in 1910, and for sixty-eight years he served as a Seattle newspaper sports writer and editor, as well as a memorable early TV sports anchor. Although nationally renowned for his journalistic accomplishments, his contributions to the community were every bit as great. 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., and recipient of the American Academy of Achievements Gold Plate Award for contributing $250,000 to a foundation he established for educational grants to needy students.
George Hitchings (1905–1998, FHS 1923)
George received his bachelor's and master's degrees in chemistry from the University of Washington, and a doctorate in biochemistry from Harvard in 1933. In 1967 he became 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 of his Franklin experience: “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, FHS 1923)
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 his All-American honors and anchored the US Olympic gold medal 400-meter relay team. When Brice Taylor 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. Brice was the featured speaker when Franklin was awarded the national Francis Bellamy Award to Franklin in 1955.
Victor Steinbreuck (1911–1985, FHS 1928)
Upon graduation from the University of Washington School of Architecture in 1935, Victor 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 his battle for the preservation of Seattle's Pike Place Market and Pioneer Square. He designed or contributed to 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. In 1982, the mayor of Seattle declared November 2 as Victor Steinbrueck Day, and shortly after his death in 1985, Pike Place Park was named in his honor.
Eleanor Hadley (1916–2007, FHS 1934)
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, FHS 1934)
George Kozmetsky had a distinguished career in both business and academia. After receiving undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Washington and a doctorate in commercial science from Harvard, he cofounded Teledyne, Inc., and was the dean of the University of Texas College of Business Administration (now the McCombs School of Business) 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, and 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, FHS 1937)
For over fifty years, Emmett Watson was a premier columnist for Seattle's major newspapers. Emmett set out to play professional baseball, but upon washing 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. When the Times tried to hire him back in 1962, he used the offer to get the PI to allow him to move into full-time columnizing. His columns, such as "This, Our City," and its later variations, continued for twenty-six years, and Emmett became the Northwest's best-known columnist and journalist. Emmett may be best known for his consistent and frequent promotion of "Lesser Seattle"—his anti-Californication crusade.
Fred Hutchinson (1919–1964, FHS 1937)
Fred Hutchinson began his baseball career as catcher for the Emerson Grade School city champions in 1931, and as pitcher, catcher, first baseman, and outfielder for Franklin High School 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 as that team’s manager from 1952 to 1954. He was manager of the Seattle Rainiers (1955), the St. Louis Cardinals (1956–1958), and the Cincinnati Reds (1959 through mid-1964, including the 1961 World Series). 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, established by his brother Bill (FHS ‘26), was named in his honor.
James McCurdy (FHS 1941)
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 Wright (FHS 1941)
Martha Wright (the stage name for Martha Wiederrecht) began a singing career at Franklin that led to Broadway stardom, regular radio performances, and a weekly television show. In 1947, the "Cinderella Girl" from Seattle (so named after being picked from 250 contestants in a Bob Hope contest) was the chosen as understudy for the lead in a Broadway show and soon thereafter she was placed in the lead role. She later replaced Mary Martin in South Pacific and then replaced her as Maria in The Sound of Music. 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, FHS 1945)
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, and for twenty years served first as its president and then as its treasurer. He was a regular member of the Pioneers of Columbia City for several years until their 102nd anniversary in 1993, when he became president. At that time 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 (FHS 1948)
Jean remained in the Franklin community after her graduation, becoming a community leader. She opened a real estate and insurance office on Rainier Avenue, and later a property management company. An accomplished businesswoman, Jean was the cofounder and president of Sound Savings and Loan Association, and national president of the National Association of Insurance Women. Jean was the first woman president of the Rainier Chamber of Commerce and the Seattle-King County Board of Realtors. She served as chair of the Seattle Center Advisory Committee and of the Senior Services of Seattle-King County. She was the cofounder and chair of the Southeast Seattle Crime Prevention Council and, in that capacity, received a 1990 award from the president of the United States for innovation and success in reducing crime.
Bill Wright (FHS 1954)
Bill was a star athlete at Franklin, where he not only played golf (he was on the All-City team), but was also on the 1954 basketball team that won the state championship. From Franklin, Bill went to Western Washington University (formerly Western Washington State Teachers College), where he was All-Conference in basketball and two-time All-Conference Champion in golf. In 1960, he won the NAIA National Intercollegiate Golf Championship in Bemidji, Minnesota. Bill was the first African American golfer to win a USGA title, the 1959 US Amateur Public Links Championship in Denver. So dominating was Bill in that event that he never trailed in any of his matches that week. On his return to Seattle, he was honored as Man of the Year for the state of Washington and selected for the Standish Cup and the Hudson Cup teams. His dream was to become a professional golfer, but he realized that possessing both a college degree and a national title wasn't going to make life in the pro ranks any easier for him than it had been for the generations of black golfers who had preceded him. Without the backing of a country club or corporate sponsors, black golfers found it tough to compete on their own tour, let alone join the PGA Tour. Wright completed his bachelor's degree in education, married, and began teaching elementary school in the Watts section of Los Angeles. He became a successful owner of automobile dealerships in California, but golf remained his passion. He played in the 1966 US Open at the Olympic Club in San Francisco and in five US Senior Opens.
Gary Locke (FHS 1968)
Gary graduated from Yale University with a degree in political science and then received a law degree from Boston University in 1975. He served as a deputy King County prosecuting attorney, and was elected to the Washington House of Representatives in 1982, serving for eleven years. For his final five years in the House, he was chairman of the influential Appropriations Committee. He was elected chief executive of King County, Washington, in 1993. Gary became Washington's 21st governor in 1996, the country's first governor of Chinese descent. He was reelected for a second term in 2000. He was appointed US Secretary of Commerce by Barack Obama, where he was responsible for the 2010 census. In 2011 his responsibilities shifted when he was appointed as the ambassador to the People's Republic of China.
Mark Morris (FHS 1973)
Mark is internationally acclaimed and hailed by many critics as the world’s most exciting living choreographer. He performed early in his career with the Koleda Balkan Dance Ensemble and in the companies of Eliot Feld, Lar Lubovitch, and others. 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); was cofounder of the White Oak Dance Project (1990); and has choreographed over 150 works for his company, as well as many opera and classical ballet companies around the world. He is noted for his musicality, has been described as “undeviating in his devotion to music,” and his company has committed to perform only to live music and has been doing so since 1996. In 1991, he was named a Fellow of the MacArthur Foundation. He has received eleven honorary doctorates to date. In 2001, the Mark Morris Dance Center opened in Brooklyn, New York, to provide a permanent home for his company, rehearsal space for the dance community, outreach programs for local children, and a school offering dance classes to students of all ages. Among his many awards and honors, he received the Samuel H. Scripps/American Dance Festival Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007, and in 2010 he received the prestigious Leonard Bernstein Lifetime Achievement Award for the Elevation of Music in Society. His biography was written by Joan Acocella in 1991.
Al Ulbrickson Sr. (FHS 1921)
An avid rower, Al would actually row across Lake Washington from Mercer Island to attend school each day at Franklin. He came from a family of very modest means, and while he never expected to go to college, it was his Franklin teachers who encouraged him to attend the University of Washington. He graduated from the UW in business administration and went on to coach the rowing team at the University of Washington for thirty-one years. He led his team to six national titles and swept all three (varsity, junior varsity, and freshman) races three times. He was Seattle's Man of the Year in 1936, 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, FHS 1932)
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 (Al Ulbrickson, FHS ’32, was his coach). He won a gold medal on the US rowing team at the 1936 Berlin Olympics and was inducted into the UW Husky Hall of Fame the first year it was created in 1979.
Al Moen (1916–2001, FHS 1934)
Al invented the single-handle mixing faucet after almost burning himself at work. Summer work in a garage turned out to be a life-changing experience. Moen is now a household name in fifty-five different nations around the world. His ideas took perseverance to market but once launched, they were wildly successful. By 1959, the Moen single-handle faucet was in hundreds of thousands of homes. That year, 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, one being the screen aerator and another the push-button shower diverter. Many of his patents are unrelated to plumbing. He headed Moen Incorporated's research and development group until his retirement in 1982.
Bonnie McDonald Riach (FHS 1948)
Bonnie graduated from Franklin with an unwavering sense of civic activism. She is a nationally recognized leader in the prevention of child abuse. Starting in the 1970s, she helped build local and state organizations dedicated to the protection of children. She organized every county in the state and helped coordinate at the national level with Prevent Child Abuse America. Her unwavering efforts led to the creation of the Council for Children and Families and ultimately the Children's Trust Foundation, both focusing on prevention of child abuse. The Refugee Women's Alliance also owes much to her efforts. In the late 1990s she took the lead in raising money ($36,000) to outfit the Franklin Quaker Band with beautiful new uniforms, which they continue to wear proudly to this day.
Ron Santo (1940–2010, FHS 1958)
Ron played in major league baseball from 1960 to 1974, most notably as the third baseman for the Chicago Cubs. During his career he won five Golden Glove Awards and was a nine-time National League All-Star. As the "single biggest Cubs fan of all time," Santo joined the Cubs' broadcast booth in 1990. He was known for his unabashed broadcast enthusiasm, including groans and cheers during the game. Diagnosed with diabetes when he was twenty, at a time when treatment was not optimal, he concealed his diagnosis for most of his playing career. Santo endorsed the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation's annual Ron Santo Walk to Cure Diabetes in Chicago from 1974 until his death, and raised over $60 million for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). In 2002, Santo was named the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation's "Person of the Year." Santo was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame posthumously in 2012.
Lewis Albanese (1946-1966, FHS 1964)
“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. While serving in Vietnam he was killed. He 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 (FHS 1966)
Ken graduated from Washington State University. Born into a well-to-do family that emphasized community responsibility, civil rights, and the arts, he learned philanthropy and culture on his mother’s knee. “My mother took me to plays and rallies for civil rights. I was always exposed to the importance of helping others.” He is chairman of Elttaes Enterprises; chairman of the Kenneth and Marleen Alhadeff Charitable Foundation; CEO of MiKen Properties; and owner of the Majestic Bay Theatre in Ballard. He has added theatrical production to his professional interests. Philanthropic and service interests have included serving on the Washington State University Board of Regents and support of the Future Teachers of Color scholarship program in WSU’s College of Education. He has devoted time and energy to many community needs, including mental health, Alzheimer disease research, hearing impaired children, battered women, and the Seattle Aquarium.
Scott Oki (FHS 1966)
After service in the US Air Force, Scott attended the University of Colorado. He started his own computer software company in San Francisco and then moved back to the Seattle area in 1982 to join Microsoft. He built Microsoft's international operation and in two years Bill Gates made him vice president of domestic operations. He retired in 1992 and endowed the Oki Foundation. He and his wife have helped found a dozen nonprofit entities, including Children's Circle of Care, Social Venture Partners, and America's Foundation for Chess, and they have supported many other organizations, including the Boys and Girls Club and the YWCA. He founded the Seattle Sounders. The Seattle-King County Association of Realtors named Scott and Laurie Oki First Citizens of 2002 for their many civic and philanthropic contributions.
Faye Mondschein Sarkowsky (FHS 1951)
Faye served as an active board member and leader of many major arts and nonprofit organizations, such as the Seattle Art Museum, Children's Hospital, and the Washington Women's Foundation. She was the first female president of PONCHO and the 5th Avenue Theater Association. She has also served on the board of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and currently serves on the ArtsFund board of advisors. In 1991 she received the Isabelle Coleman Pierce Award from the YWCA for excellence in community service. Faye has also been the recipient of the Pennington award from Children's Hospital and was honored with the Jewish Federation Woman of Distinction Award.
Alan Dennis Vickery (FHS 1963)
Alan Dennis Vickery holds a distinguished thirty-eight-year history with the Seattle Fire Department, where he currently serves as the assistant chief of operations. Prior to this he was responsible for all operational issues for the department's specialty teams. He is recognized for his proactive role in preparing firefighters to safely perform their jobs, using the latest technology available.
Gerard Tsutakawa (FHS 1965)
Gerard Tsutakawa is a world-renowned sculptor whose major works can be seen in private collection and in public spaces. Gerard apprenticed with his father, the late George Tsutakawa, for ten years. For the next eleven years, he oversaw his father's fountain sculpture fabrication and installation, including many major public works. He has since established himself as an accomplished sculptor in his own right and has been featured in solo and group shows throughout the Northwest and in northern California. He is recognized for his elegant bronze fountains of flawless design and workmanship. He has completed numerous monumental, corporate, institutional, and estate commissions throughout the Northwest and Japan. One of his most famous public pieces is his nine-foot-tall bronze mitt, named "The Mitt," located at the northwest entrance of Safeco Field. Gerard is currently active with the Seattle Art Museum's Board of Directors. degree
Bill Speidel (1912-1988, FHS 1930)
After graduating from Franklin, Bill attended the University of Washington and finished in 1936 with a degree in literature. He wrote for a newspaper and then became a publicist. In the 1950s he became passionate about the preservation of Pioneer Square and ultimately founded the Underground Tour. He wrote many books, including his most famous, The Sons of the Profits, about early Seattle history. Emmett Watson (FHS ’37 and a well-known columnist) wrote at the time of his death: “He was many things in this city: preservationist, promoter, writer, historian, entrepreneur, press agent, political operator, adman, lecturer and publisher. Few if any of the Seattle Pioneers, the movers and shakers that he wrote about in a half-dozen historical books, gave as much to this city as the author.”
Larry Gossett (FHS 1963)
Larry worked as a VISTA volunteer with poor youth in Harlem (1966–1967). He then returned to the University of Washington, where he was one of the original founders of the Black Student Union (BSU). As a respected student activist, he fought to eliminate racial discrimination and increase the enrollment of African Americans and other students of color at the university. After graduation, he became the first supervisor of the Black Student Division in the Office of Minority Affairs. From April 1979 to December 1993, he was the executive director of the Central Area Motivation Project. He was elected to the King County Council in 1993 and in 2012 was appointed chair for a second term. In the summer of 2008 the University of Washington Alumni Association gave him the esteemed honor of being selected as one of the “Wondrous 100,” that is, as one of the most influential UW graduates over the past one hundred years.
Ron Chew (FHS 1971)
Ron attended the University of Washington and studied journalism. He left during his senior year when he was denied the position of editor at the Daily (and the position was then offered to a white student who had not applied—he ultimately won a lawsuit filed). He went to work at the International Examiner in Seattle's International District and became editor. His work, covering social concerns and political issues faced by residents, including substandard housing, health care, and threats to the historic neighborhood from redevelopment, led to involvement in the community. He was recruited in 1991 as the new director of Wing Luke Asian Museum (WLAM). In 2002 the University of Washington recognized Ron's innovative work and awarded him an honorary BA. In 2004 he received the Ford Foundation’s Leadership for a Changing World Award and in 2005 the American Association of Museums included him in their Centennial Honor Roll for his work recasting the museum as a tool in the fight for social justice. In 2008 Ron stepped down as director of WLAM to pursue a new career as a community history consultant. He established Chew Communications, a community history and resource development consulting firm in Seattle. In 2012, his book Remembering Silme Domingo and Gene Viernes: The Legacy of Filipino American Labor Activism was published.
Katie Houlahan Dolan (1924–2006, FHS 1943)
As a Franklin High School student in 1943, Katie persuaded her father to drive her to Camp Harmony in Puyallup, where persons of Japanese descent were interned. There, with her beloved Spanish teacher, she delivered graduation diplomas to her friends Jane and Beth Sugura. She went on to earn a degree in drama from the University of Washington, was a stage actress and fashion model, and then became host of two shows on KIRO-TV—Women's World and Eye on Seattle—before working full-time on behalf of people with developmental disabilities. When her son Patrick was born in 1950, there were almost no options for educating developmentally disabled children. A group of parents including Katie and Duane founded the Northwest Center in Seattle in 1965 to address this need. Not content to win this battle solely for their own children, they also authored 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 FHS 1952)
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. He toured widely, from 1968 was a professor at the UW School of Music, and was perhaps best known for his almost single-handed revival of the wooden Boehm-system flute in this country, at a time when the field was dominated by flutes made of silver, gold and platinum. He became founding president of the Seattle Flute Society in 1979, and served as president and board chairman of the National Flute Association. From 1982 -91, and again from 1999 to his death, he was Music Director of Belle Arte Concerts, a professional chamber music series in Bellevue.
Terry Deeny (FHS 1958)
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 pipelayer. He rose to the position of general superintendent, became the company’s president and CEO in 1970 where he served until he retired to emeritus status in 2000. Terry was a leader in the construction field, serving as president of the Association of General Contractors of Washington in 1979 and president of the Association of General Contractors of America in 1999. He received a number of awards including the SIR Award from the AGCA in 2007 and the Outstanding Leadership Award from the Association of Utility Contractors of Washington. He served on a number of boards including Big Brothers and Little Bit and chaired a number successful fund raising campaigns including one leading to the UW construction management program lab. He was named to the UW Construction Hall of Fame in 1996.
Albert R. Cohen (FHS 1961)
After graduating from Franklin, Al attended the University of Washington where he earned a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in education. In 1979 he received his doctorate degree from Seattle University. Al worked in the Seattle School District from 1965 to 1979 as an elementary teacher and then as a principal. Upon leaving Seattle Schools, Al worked for eleven years in the Northshore School District as an elementary and high school principal and as an Executive Director for Elementary and Secondary Education. From 1990 until his retirement in 2001, he served as Superintendent of Schools for the Olympia School District. Soon after his retirement, the Clover Park School District asked Al to assume the role of Deputy Superintendent followed by Superintendent. These seven years in Clover Park culminated Al’s 43-years career directly serving children and their families. Upon Al’s second retirement, he worked with school boards throughout Washington State to hire Superintendents and professional school board training. Al’s service to the community extends beyond schools—having served on multiple boards, including United Way of Thurston County, Thurston County Chamber of Commerce, Washington Center for the Performing Arts, Providence St. Peter Hospital (president from 1999 to 2001) and Rotary Club of Olympia (president 1999-2000).
Edwin Lee (FHS 1970)
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 where he was an advocate for affordable housing and the rights of immigrants and renters. In 1989, Ed was appointed by the mayor as San Francisco’s first investigator under the city's Whistleblower Ordinance. In 1991, he was hired as executive director of the San Francisco Human Rights Commission. In 2000, he was appointed Director of Public Works for the City, and in 2005 was appointed to a five-year term as City Administrator, to which he was reappointed in 2010. When the San Francisco mayor resigned to serve as lieutenant governor in 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 April 2011, Mayor Lee was awarded the inaugural Coro Community Catalyst award for "his longtime commitment to bringing together varied special interests and agendas to address the greater needs of the community."