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Below we pay tribute to recently deceased alumni and faculty members. Because we are not always aware of deaths in the larger UW Medicine community, especially those that take place outside of Seattle, we rely on other alumni, faculty and friends to notify us and send us obituaries. Our sincere condolences to those who have lost loved ones.

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Col. Gerald H. Mahaffey, M.D. ’53, (Ret., USAF)Born: June 13, 1923, in Stockton, Calif. Died: April 5, 2011.

Col. Gerald H. Mahaffey, M.D. ’53, (Ret., USAF), received a B.S. from Whitworth College in Spokane, Wash., before attending the University of Washington School of Medicine. He interned at Letterman Army Hospital in San Francisco and completed two residencies at that facility, one in general surgery (1954–1955) and one in urology (1955–1958). Mahaffey served his country with courage during two wars, both as a B-25 bomber pilot and as a urologist. His military service included the U.S. Army Air Corps (1943–1945) and the U.S. Air Force Medical Corps (1953–1971). He is survived by Velma, his wife of 63 years, his twin brother, Jack, five children, 13 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

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Sefton Robert Wellings, M.D. ’53Born: Oct. 2, 1927, in Tacoma, Wash.Died: March 8, 2011, in Palm Desert, Calif.

After graduation from the UW School of Medicine, Sefton Robert Wellings, M.D. ’53, completed his medical residency at the University of California, San Francisco, and earned a Ph.D. in zoology (specializing in marine biology) from UC Berkeley. Wellings joined the University of Oregon Medical School in Portland, Ore., in 1963, and the UC Davis School of Medicine in 1970. He served as the pathology department chair at both schools and became a UC Davis professor emeritus in 1985. Board-certified in surgical, anatomic and forensic pathology, Wellings is credited with discovering the earliest form of pre-cancerous breast cells, allowing for earlier treatment of breast cancer.

In collaboration with fellow UW School of Medicine graduate Hanne Jensen, M.D. ’61, Res. ’68, UC Davis professor of pathology and laboratory medicine, Wellings produced a landmark breast cancer atlas that has become a classic in the field. A talented and dedicated artist, Wellings produced line drawings of normal and diseased breast tissue that adorn many of his published papers and will appear in a forthcoming book on comparative histology.

Wellings was an avid outdoorsman, naturalist and ornithologist who discovered and described tumors of fish in Puget Sound. His expertise in this area led to his selection as the leader of a wildlife survey of the Gulf of Alaska that preceded the construction of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline.

He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Carol, five children, three stepchildren, and two grandchildren.

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David Louis Barclay, M.D. ’55Born: Sept. 17, 1930, in Everett, Wash.Died: June 11, 2011, in Amarillo, Texas, after a brief battle with cancer.

David Louis Barclay, M.D. ’55

A board certified obstetrician-gynecologist specializing in oncology, David Louis Barclay, M.D. ’55, received a B.S. in 1951 from the University of Washington. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps at Fort McClellan in Anniston, Ala., 1956–58. After completing his medical residency at Charity Hospital of Louisiana in New Orleans in 1961, Barclay served as a professor at Tulane University and professor and chair of obstetrics and gynecology in Little Rock, Ark., before going into private practice as a gynecologist-oncologist. In 1999, he moved to Amarillo, Texas, where he served as a professor and director of gynecologic oncology in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Amarillo campus. He also served as chair of the department. Barclay continued to work as a professor at Texas Tech until 2008. In 1997, he was voted one of the 401 “Best Doctors for Women” in Good Housekeeping magazine. In keeping with his passion for teaching and medical education, he was extensively published in the medical literature. Barclay is survived by his wife, Jane, four children and five grandchildren.

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Cyrus Edward (Ed) Prince, Jr., M.D. ’55Born: Oct. 16, 1922 in Centralia, Wash.Died: Aug. 26, 2011 in Campbell, Calif.

Cyrus Edward “Ed” Prince, Jr., M.D. ’55, died peacefully at home at the age of 88, after a long life devoted to education, medicine and music. Born in Centralia, Wash., Prince loved music from a young age. He played saxophone in a jazz band while attending Western Washington College on a music scholarship, and he met his future wife, Aileen Gardiner, in the orchestra. The couple moved to San Diego, where Ensign Prince served in the Navy’s West Coast Sound School. After the war, Prince received a master’s degree in psychology and worked for the Tacoma School District for a few years. He then decided to pursue a medical career, graduating from the University of Washington School of Medicine with honors in 1955.

The Princes raised four children in Saratoga, Calif. Prince had an OB/GYN practice in San Jose, served on the staff of several hospitals, including San Jose Medical Center and Stanford Medical Center, and on many medical boards. The family made frequent visits to Washington for family reunions in Aileen Prince’s hometown, North Bend, and for sailing trips in the San Juan Islands.

In 1977, Prince shifted direction. He returned to teach at the UW School of Medicine, and he served as chief of obstetrics and gynecology at Harborview Medical Center, where he endowed the Prince Library. After retiring as an emeritus professor in 1988, Prince moved to New Mexico and continued to provide OB/GYN care to the Hopi and Navajo Nations through the U.S. Public Health Service, returning to Seattle in 1995. Never truly retired, Prince continued a close relationship with the UW School of Medicine while also enjoying Husky football and a daily jog around Green Lake.

Dr. Prince is survived by his four children, Michael, Lisa, Roger and David, nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

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Charles Henry Stewart, M.D. ’56Born: May 5, 1931, in Ellensburg, Wash.Died: Jan. 22, 2011, in Lafayette, La.

Charles Henry Stewart, M.D. ’56

Charles Henry Stewart, M.D. ’56, completed pre-medical studies at Harvard College, Cambridge, Mass., and served as president of Phi Chi Medical Fraternity while at the University of Washington School of Medicine. He interned at Philadelphia General Hospital and completed his residency (serving as chief resident) in obstetrics/gynecology at Charity Hospital in New Orleans. Following his honorable discharge from the Medical Corps of the U.S. Army, Stewart joined Hamilton Medical Group, where he practiced until his retirement in December 2010. He delivered more than 10,000 babies. Stewart’s interests included music, the history of the Civil War, and hunting in the Louisiana marshes. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Adrien, four children and six grandchildren.

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Robert H. Mosebar, M.D. ’57Born: Feb. 17, 1924 in Yakima, Wash.Died: Aug. 23, 2011 in San Antonio, Texas

While attending college at Washington State University, Robert H. Mosebar, M.D. ’57, was drafted into the U.S. Army. After World War II, Mosebar completed college, and he earned a medical degree at the UW School of Medicine in 1957.

Dedicated to helping combat soldiers, he was passionately concerned about battlefield injuries and saving soldiers’ lives. Mosebar was a 1st Cavalry Division combat medic in World War II, the medical registrar for the 8055 MASH in the Korean War, and a surgeon in the 24th Corps during the Vietnam War. Mosebar retired as a colonel after 37 years of active and reserve duty, and then worked 23 years as a civil servant and consultant to the Army Medical Department. A graduate of the Command and General Staff College and the Army War College, Mosebar was commander of General Leonard Wood Army Hospital from 1973 to 1980. His decorations and awards include the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal and the Combat Medic Badge, as well as the Exceptional Civilian Service Award and the San Antonio Federal Employee of the Year Award.

In military medicine, Mosebar is widely known as the “father of the combat lifesaver.” Combat lifesavers receive 40 hours of instruction in the use of intravenous fluids, tourniquets and dressings to save the lives of fellow soldiers.

Mosebar is survived by his wife, Elinor, four children, three grandsons, two step-grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.

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C. Benjamin Graham, Jr., M.D. ’58, Res. ’62, Fel. ’66Died: March 19, 2011

Tribute to a Trailblazer

by Jon Marmor (first published in Columns magazine)

C. Benjamin Graham, Jr., M.D. ’58, Res. ’62, Fel. ’66
Photo courtesy of Pearl Graham (Dr. Graham is the player on the left).

C. Benjamin Graham, Jr., ’58, ’62, the first student in a wheelchair to graduate from medical school at the University of Washington — and possibly the first in the nation — died March 19. He was 80.

Graham, who contracted polio while an undergraduate student at Washington State University, put his studies on hold and left WSU to get treatment for polio. Afterward, he finished his bachelor’s degree at the University of Illinois because it had accommodations for wheelchairs.

A top chemistry student, the Missouri native was denied entrance by numerous medical schools because he was in a wheelchair. The UW School of Medicine — then in its infancy in the 1950s — was the only school to admit him. “The UW has a young staff and progressive ideas. I am honored to find myself a part of such an institution,” he wrote to his parents.

He earned his M.D., and did his residency, at the UW School of Medicine.

Graham, who met his wife, Pearl, while both were at the UW, was the first pediatric intern at Children’s Orthopedic Hospital (now Seattle Children’s) in 1958 and the first University Hospital [now UW Medical Center] radiology resident in 1959.

He was appointed to the UW medical school faculty in 1963, and was named professor of radiology and pediatrics in 1974. He also was director of radiology at Seattle Children’s. He was named an emeritus professor but continued to work at Children’s after his retirement.

Graham also played wheelchair basketball and helped organize the first wheelchair basketball team in Seattle. He was the 15th player in the nation inducted into the Wheelchair Basketball Hall of Fame.

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John William Boswell, M.D. ’60Born: May 26, 1935, in Fairbanks, Alaska.Died: April 18, 2011, in Saratoga, Calif., after a long battle with multiple sclerosis.

John William Boswell, M.D. ’60, received his pre-medical degree from Stanford University in 1955, graduating with honors from the UW School of Medicine in 1960. He interned at Santa Clara County Hospital in San Jose, Calif., followed by a five-year psychiatric residency at Langley Porter Hospital in San Francisco. Boswell opened a private practice in psychiatry in Saratoga. He was a highly accomplished pianist who enjoyed playing chamber music with friends, performing frequently in the Bay Area. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Lou Ann, four children and six grandchildren.

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Robert (Bob) Dean Conn, M.D., Res. ’63, Fel. ’65Born: May 9, 1934, in Great Bend, Kan.Died: Aug. 6, 2011, in Leawood, Kan., after a long battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).

Robert (Bob) Dean Conn, M.D., Res. ’63, Fel. ’65

Robert (Bob) Dean Conn, M.D., Res. ’63, Fel. ’65, was a Wichita High School Athlete of the Year — an All-American football and All-State basketball and baseball player. He attended the University of Kansas on a football scholarship, focusing on pathology and microbiology. Conn was a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society when he graduated from the University of Kansas School of Medicine in 1960. Pursuing internal medicine, he completed an internship at the New York Hospital and a residency and cardiology fellowship at the UW School of Medicine, where he served as chief resident. While at UW Medicine, Conn was selected as an outstanding clinical teacher four times, and he was designated the first Teacher Superior in Perpetuity. He also served as a teaching and research scholar for the American College of Physicians and as a teaching scholar for the American Heart Association.

Conn was an associate professor at UW Medicine and physician-in-chief at Harborview Medical Center. He was also the first professor and chair at the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, and professor, chairman and head docent at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Conn contributed to or authored over 50 medical publications.

In 1974, he joined Cardiovascular Consultants, P.C., in Kansas City, where he served many years as vice president and president. He also served as president-elect and president of Truman Medical Center, vice chairman of the Department of Medicine at St. Luke’s Hospital in Kansas City, Mo., co-director of the Cardiovascular Fellowship Program, and the co-director of both the Heart Annual Cardiovascular Symposium and the Primary Care Annual Postgraduate Symposium sponsored by St. Luke’s Hospital.

Conn was selected by his peers as an outstanding doctor in Kansas City, and he received the Kansas City Super Doc award from Kansas City Magazine. In a lifetime of service, Conn felt his most significant contribution to medicine was made at Harborview Medical Center. While there, he participated in the development of Medic One, the first mobile coronary care unit and the prototype for emergency care systems in the U.S.

Conn’s hobbies included flying, golfing, poetry, coaching, traveling and reading. He is survived by his wife, Rogene, three children, 10 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

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Stephen R. Yarnall, M.D., Res. ’63Born: Feb. 2, 1934, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.Died: March 29, 2011, in Edmonds, Wash., after a brief battle with cancer.

Stephen R. Yarnall, M.D., Res. ’63

A cardiologist in the Edmonds, Wash., area for 50 years, Stephen R. Yarnall, M.D., Res. ’63, was a graduate of Western Reserve Academy in Ohio, Amherst College in Massachusetts and the University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry in New York. He completed a residency in internal medicine at UW Medicine and served on the faculty of the UW School of Medicine. He also founded Stevens Health Center in Edmonds, Wash., as well as Stevens Health Clinic and Stevens Weight Management Clinic. Yarnall authored the “Doc Talk” column in the Hope Healthletter and was voted “Most Inspirational Clown” in 2000 after a 25-year membership in the Seattle Seafair Clowns. Yarnall is survived by his wife of 28 years, Lynn, five children and three grandchildren.

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Joseph B. Mackey, M.D. ’70Born: July 19, 1941, in Seattle, Wash.Died: April 3, 2011, in Seattle, Wash., after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease.

A graduate of Seattle Preparatory School, Spring Hill College in Mobile, Ala., and the UW School of Medicine, Joseph B. Mackey, M.D. ’70, served three years in the U.S. Army as a physician and practiced anesthesiology at Overlake Hospital in Bellevue, Wash. He is survived by his wife, Susan, and nine children and stepchildren.

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Olof Erick Sohlberg, M.D. ’86, Res. ’92Born: Feb. 9, 1960, in St. Paul, Minn.Died: April 25, 2011, in Eugene, Ore.

Olof Erick Sohlberg, M.D. ’86, Res. ’92

Olof Erick Sohlberg, M.D. ’86, Res. ’92, graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Stanford University, completing medical school and a residency in urology at UW Medicine. He joined McKenzie Urology Group in 1992 and was instrumental in helping build the Oregon Urology Institute, a nationwide model of excellence, and the Oregon Urology Foundation, dedicated to providing care and healthcare services to those in need. Of great importance to him was working with Lane County’s 100% Access Coalition, dedicated to providing services to people without (or with too little) medical insurance. Sohlberg is survived by his wife, McKay, and three children.

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William J. Mills III, M.D., Res. ’95Born: July 21, 1957, in Anchorage, Alaska.Died: March 15, 2011, in Anchorage, Alaska, after a skiing accident.

William J. Mills III, M.D., Res. ’95
Photo courtesy of Orthopedic Physicians Anchorage

William J. Mills III, M.D., Res. ’95, was a competitive swimmer during his undergraduate years at the University of Michigan. He earned a master’s degree from the University of Minnesota in Duluth. After joining the Navy, Mills attended the University of Colorado School of Medicine, then completed a residency in general and orthopedic surgery at UW Medicine. After practicing medicine in Seattle for six years, he moved back to Anchorage, Alaska, and joined Orthopedic Physicians Anchorage.

In a medical career that spanned 21 years, Mills served as a lieutenant commander at the Naval Hospital in San Diego, Calif., an attending surgeon at the VA Puget Sound Health Care System, UW Medical Center and Harborview Medical Center, as an assistant professor in the Department of Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine at UW Medicine, and as the owner and a board member of Orthopedic Physicians Anchorage in Alaska. He specialized in complex knee reconstruction, orthopaedic trauma and sports-related injuries and conditions.

The author of 60 books, manuscripts, abstracts and other publications, Mills received the 2003 Academic Faculty Teaching Award from the orthopedic residency program at UW Medicine. Recently, Mills was instrumental in providing training and ongoing support to the Alyeska Ski Patrol, including those who helped him at the time of his fatal injury. He is survived by his wife, Carey, five children, his parents and six siblings.

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Robert Hardy Barnes, Jr., M.D.Born: Dec. 25, 1919, in Richmond, Va.Died: March 29, 2011, in Seattle, Wash., of complications of Alzheimer’s disease.

Robert Hardy Barnes, Jr., M.D.

Robert Hardy Barnes, Jr., M.D., graduated from the Virginia Military Institute in 1940, and he received his M.D. from the Medical College of Virginia, serving as a military psychiatrist during World War II. After residencies at Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle and the Joslin Clinic in Boston, he served as a clinical associate professor of medicine at the University of Washington. Barnes opened a health-care consulting business, and he changed careers, becoming a pastoral counselor when he was 70. In 2009, Providence Hospice of Seattle Foundation awarded him the Hospice Service Award for helping found the hospice service.

Barnes is also remembered for his memoir, The Good Doctor is Naked: Finding the Human Beneath My Mask, which describes the emotional toll of a tragedy and its aftermath. When Barnes was 10, his father fatally shot himself in the family’s home in Richmond, Va., and Barnes was told never to reveal what happened.

Barnes is survived by three daughters, four grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

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K. Alvin Merendino, M.D., Ph.D., LL.D.Died: Sept. 10, 2011, in Shoreline, Wash.

K. Alvin Merendino, M.D., Ph.D., LL.D.

Emeritus faculty member K. Alvin Merendino, M.D., Ph.D., LL.D., the second chair of the UW School of Medicine’s Department of Surgery and an accomplished surgeon and teacher, died on Sept.10, 2011.

Born in West Virginia, Dr. Merendino received his undergraduate degree (summa cum laude) from Ohio University, his M.D. from Yale University, and his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota, where he also served as an assistant professor of surgery. He came to UW Medicine in 1949.

In 1956, Dr. Merendino performed the first open-heart surgery on the West Coast, and during his 30-some years in the Department of Surgery, many other accomplishments followed. Among them, Dr. Merendino listed his recruitment of Thomas L. Marchioro, M.D., to establish the renal transplantation program. Dr. Merendino also listed serving as the director of UW Medicine’s Experimental Surgical Laboratory for 22 years, from 1950–1972, and his interest in mentoring surgical trainees. “In my position, you have this wonderful opportunity of being closely associated with young, intelligent, energetic, and dedicated individuals on a daily basis. This makes the mentor an even better person,” he said in 2009.

Dr. Merendino was also proud that he and his wife, Shirley, helped establish the K. Alvin and Shirley E. Merendino Endowed Professorship, a permanent legacy for the Department of Surgery.

The Merendinos enjoyed traveling, and they visited many parts of the globe in the service of medicine. During the Vietnam War, for instance, under the aegis of the State Department, Dr. Merendino participated in a program to assist Vietnam in establishing more advanced medical specialty care. Some time later, through another State Department program, Dr. Merendino helped create an open-heart surgery program at the University of Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur.

What Dr. Merendino may consider his greatest professional accomplishment took place near the end of his career, when he was invited to Saudi Arabia to become the head of the department of surgery at King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre in Riyadh. After a year, he became the director of medical affairs. “I pushed the institution to be on a par with a university hospital,” said Dr. Merendino.

After his sabbatical in Saudi Arabia, he returned to the University of Washington for two years. Then Dr. Merendino was invited back to King Faisal to serve as a special consultant to the executive director, associate director of medical affairs, and director of the Cancer Therapy Institute. His job was to recruit research personnel, but, within a year, he was appointed director of operations of King Faisal Medical City, an independent city within the city of Riyadh.

His time in Saudi Arabia, said Dr. Merendino, gave him opportunities unavailable to most doctors. “With the development of the King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre, every subsequent hospital wanted to be as good or better than the King Faisal. In Saudi Arabia, I had the opportunity to help thousands of patients,” he said.

Carlos A. Pellegrini, M.D., chair of UW Medicine’s Department of Surgery and the Henry N. Harkins Endowed Chair in Surgery, reflects on his colleague’s legacy. “Dr. Merendino’s most important contributions live today in the minds and hands of those he trained in the science and art of cardiac surgery and in the hearts — literally — of the patients he touched. Furthermore, his and his wife Shirley’s name will be permanently attached to the cardiac surgery service through their endowed professorship.”

Dr. Merendino is survived by his wife, Shirley, their daughters Cira, Nancy, Susan, Nina and Maria, six grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, and his sister, Princine Tighe.

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Nathan J. Smith, M.D.Born: Oct. 13, 1921, in Cuba City, Wis.Died: Feb. 2, 2011, in Spokane, Wash.

Nathan J. Smith, M.D., attended the University of Wisconsin, graduating from medical school in 1944. After serving in the U.S. Army, he began a career of research, clinical practice and teaching in pediatrics, beginning at Children’s Hospital in Boston. Smith was awarded a Fulbright fellowship, which he spent in Paris, France, returning to a faculty position at St. Christopher’s Hospital in Philadelphia, Pa. He spent the majority of his career at the University of Wisconsin and in the Department of Pediatrics at UW Medicine. Throughout his career, Smith nurtured partnerships with medical schools in Japan and Chile. He authored or co-authored 14 books and numerous research publications, and he taught generations of medical students and physicians. An avid outdoorsman, he was passionate about fly-fishing, hiking, bird watching and photography. He is survived by his wife, Marcy, three children, and three grandchildren.

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Gov. Albert D. Rosellini, Sr.Born: Jan. 21, 1910Died: Oct. 10, 2011

Gov. Albert D. Rosellini, Sr.
Photo courtesy of the UW School of Law.

Former Washington state Governor Albert D. Rosellini, Sr., died at the age of 101 on Oct. 10, 2011. Gov. Rosellini introduced legislation that established the UW School of Medicine and the UW School of Dentistry.

Gov. Rosellini completed both his B. A. in political science and his law degree at the University of Washington. He first entered the political arena in 1934, challenging a powerful Washington state senator and losing by only 80 votes. Warren Magnuson, who won the 1934 race for King County prosecutor, offered him a position as deputy prosecutor, which he accepted. After the Senate incumbent died, Gov. Rosellini again ran for the office and this time won with ease at the age of 29. He quickly became a highly respected state senate leader and served for 18 years.

In 1956, he was elected to the first of two terms as governor. He is widely remembered for many progressive accomplishments, including improvements in state prisons, mental facilities and juvenile homes; founding the Department of Commerce and Economic Development; and construction of roads and the SR 520 floating bridge across Lake Washington, now named in his honor.

He served on the board of trustees for Harborview Hospital (now Harborview Medical Center) in the 1940s. As chair, he met many physicians and became acutely aware of the lack of medical schools for training physicians in the five-state region of Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana and Idaho.

Rosellini introduced a bill in 1945 to create a medical school and dental school at the UW. Although the bill was tabled, he re-introduced it at the next legislative session, and, after moving through both houses, it was signed by Gov. Monrad Wallgren. Rosellini went on to champion the School as a legislator and later as governor, approving funds for support and expansion. He also was responsible for the bill in 1951 that authorized the bonding of the Metropolitan Tract for hospital construction purposes, which made possible the construction of University Hospital, now UW Medical Center. In addition, the governor created a scholarship at UW Medicine.

For his many contributions to public service, Gov. Rosellini — and the other living governors — was honored at the 2011 UW Medicine Salute Harborview Gala with the Mission of Caring Award.

Gov. Rosellini is survived by his children, Jane Campbell, Al Rosellini, Jr., John Rosellini, Lynn Rosellini and Sue Stiller, 15 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren.

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