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Obituary
4:21 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Jini Dellaccio, The 'Unlikely Rock Photographer,' Dies At 97

Jini Dellaccio talking with Marcie Sillman in June 2009 for a special series on local artists.
Credit KUOW Photo/Sage Van Wing

Local photographer Jini Dellaccio died last week. She was 97.

Jini was best known for her images of the Pacific Northwest music scene in the 1960s. But Jini came to photography later in life. She was a musician first, a homemaker and a painter. She didn't even pick up a camera until she was in her 40s.

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In Memorium
4:09 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Local Artists Remember Maya Angelou's Impact On Their Lives, Work

Maya Angelou answers questions at her portrait unveiling at the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery on April 5, 2014.
Paul Morigi/AP Images for National Portrait Gallery

Marcie Sillman talks to Colleen McElroy and Jen Marlowe about the legacy and impact of Dr. Maya Angelou on their lives.

McElroy is a writer and lecturer emeritus at the University of Washington. Marlowe is a Seattle writer and activist.

Still I Rise
7:06 am
Wed May 28, 2014

Maya Angelou, Poet, Activist And Singular Storyteller, Dies At 86

Angelou became Hollywood's first black female movie director on Nov. 3, 1971. She also wrote the script and music for Caged Bird, which was based on her best-selling 1969 autobiography. She had been a professional singer, dancer, writer, composer, poet, lecturer, editor and San Francisco streetcar conductor.
AP

Originally published on Wed May 28, 2014 9:58 am

Poet, performer and political activist Maya Angelou has died after a long illness at her home in Winston-Salem, N.C. She was 86. Born in St. Louis in 1928, Angelou grew up in a segregated society that she worked to change during the civil rights era. Angelou, who refused to speak for much of her childhood, revealed the scars of her past in I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, the first of a series of memoirs.

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Obituary
3:37 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Jerry Manning, Seattle Rep Artistic Director, Dies Suddenly

Jerry Manning
Credit Credit Seattle Rep Theatre

Jerry Manning, the artistic leader of Seattle Repertory Theatre, died suddenly on Wednesday following complications from a routine surgery in March, according to a news release from the theater. He was 58.

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Nobel Prize Novelist
2:30 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Who Gave Voice To Latin America, Dies

Admirers ask Gabriel Garcia Marquez --€” seated alongside his wife, Mercedes Barcha €-- to sign books in Santa Marta, Colombia, in 2007.
Alejandra Vega AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu April 17, 2014 5:06 pm

Latin American author Gabriel Garcia Marquez, who won the Nobel Prize in literature in 1982, died Thursday. He was 87. Garcia Marquez, the master of a style known as magic realism, was and remains Latin America's best-known writer.

His novels were filled with miraculous and enchanting events and characters; love and madness; wars, politics, dreams and death. And everything he had written, Garcia Marquez once said, he knew or heard before he was 8 years old.

A Writer Shaped By His Beginnings

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Obituary
2:55 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Remembering Chad Kellogg: 'It Was An Honor To Climb With Him'

Mountaineer Chad Kellogg died climbing in Argentina on Friday, Feb. 14.
Credit Courtesy of Outdoor Research

Last Friday, mountaineer legend Chad Kellogg was killed climbing Mount Fitz Roy in Argentina.

His death has been a blow to the local climbing community.

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Obituary
4:50 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

From The Archives: Norman Durkee On Art That Never Aired

Norman Durkee, music director of Teatro Zinzanni.
YouTube Photo/Patricia O'Brien & Gabriel Miller

In 1985, KUOW’s Marcia Alvar interviewed Norman Durkee, the longtime music director of Teatro Zinzanni, the over-the-top musical theater production held in a tent on lower Queen Anne. Durkee died on Sunday at the age of 65.

Durkee, a soft-spoken man with a long white beard, had a long career in jazz, classical and rock music, including playing the piano part on Bachman Turner Overdrive’s song, “Takin’ Care of Business.” He also did a stint making ads in Los Angeles, where his creative impulses didn’t always meet the approval of the businesses that hired him.

Obituary
12:39 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

William Booker, Tuskegee Airman From Kirkland, Dies At 90

William Booker.
Courtesy of the Booker family.

William Booker, a bomber with the Tuskegee Airmen, never complained.

He didn't complain about being pushed from town to town – from Texas to Florida, to Michigan, to Indiana and to Kentucky – because whites didn’t want black troops stationed near their homes. Nor did he complain about being segregated from other fighter squadrons.

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Obituary
7:15 am
Fri December 6, 2013

Nelson Mandela, South Africa's 'Greatest Son,' Dies At 95

Nelson Mandela and former US President Bill Clinton.
AP Photo

Jamala Henderson interviews Robert Taylor, former dean of St. Mark's Cathedral in Seattle, reflects on his anti-apartheid work as a teen in South Africa. "It was a criminal offense to bear an image of his in public and all of his writings were banned. They could not be quoted. And so Mandela was … when he was spoken about, it was in very hushed tones."

Nelson Mandela, South Africa's first black president and anti-apartheid icon has died, according to South Africa President Jacob Zuma. He was 95.

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Obituary
12:47 pm
Sun October 27, 2013

Lou Reed, Beloved Contrarian, Dies

Lou Reed onstage in London in 1975 playing a transparent, Plexiglass guitar. Reed died Sunday. He was 71.
Denis O'Regan Getty Images

Originally published on Sun October 27, 2013 2:59 pm

One of rock's most beloved and contrarian figures has died. Lou Reed epitomized New York City's artistic underbelly in the 1970s, with his songs about hookers and junkies. He was 71.

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Obituary
6:04 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

Toby Saks, Founder Of Seattle Chamber Music Society, Dead At 71

The Seattle classical music community lost one of its most respected leaders Thursday. Toby Saks was a cellist, music professor at the University of Washington and the founder of the Seattle Chamber Music Society. Her death at age 71 from pancreatic cancer came just after the completion of the annual summer festival that she has overseen for more than 30 years.

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Asian-American Advocate
10:54 am
Tue July 16, 2013

The Legacy Of Kip Tokuda

  Former State Legislator Kip Tokuda passed away this weekend. The South Seattle Democrat served four terms in the House of Representatives. He was a champion for Asian-American rights, co-founding the Asian Pacific Islander Community Leadership Foundation to encourage young people for leadership roles in politics and nonprofit organizations. Ross Reynolds discusses his legacy with Jill NiShii, a longtime friend and former mentee of Tokuda.

Asian-American Community Mourns
6:07 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

Long-Time Seattle Community Leader Kip Tokuda Dies

Kip Tokuda at a May 6, 2013 press conference announcing reforms in police recruiting
KUOW Photo/Deborah Wang

A prominent leader in Seattle's Asian-American community has died.

Kip Tokuda passed away suddenly, according to a statement from his family. He was 66 years old.

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Beloved Descendent Remembered
5:14 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

Pacific Northwest Pioneer Descendant Brewster Denny Dead at 88

Brewster Denny, dean emeritus of the Evans School of Public Affairs, completes his plan of ringing the Denny Bell to announce Homecoming for a half century.
Mary Levin UW Photography

Seattle pioneer descendant Brewster Denny passed away this past Saturday from natural causes. He was 88 years old.  Denny spent much of his life as a champion of local history, and for many, he was a living embodiment of Seattle’s pioneer era.

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Obituary
10:34 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

Cheryl Chow, Educator And Politician Dies At 66

Sarah Morningstar watches her daughter Liliana Morningstar-Chow kiss her mother Cheryl Chow. Chow spoke at Seattle City Hall Monday, Sep. 17, 2012.
The Seattle Channel

Cheryl Chow died Friday. Chow served on the Seattle City Council and the Seattle School Board. She grew up in Seattle and had also worked as a teacher, a principal and an assistant director for Girl Scouts of Western Washington.

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