Edward E. Carlson
Edward E. Carlson (1911-1990) was one of Seattle's foremost civic leaders. In addition to his professional responsibilities as a former regent of the University of Washington and Chief Executive Officer of the Westin Hotels and United Airlines UAL Inc., Mr. Carlson led an exemplary life in public service, contributing extraordinary energy and vision to the boards of a number of vital community organizations. Eddie Carlson was instrumental in bringing the 1962 World's Fair to Seattle. His 1959 sketch inspired the design of our Space Needle! In addition to his numerous corporate and foundation directorships, Mr. Carlson worked informally to guide and support a wide array of initiatives that have significantly enhanced the quality of life in our community. Stories of his countless efforts to quietly assist fellow citizens at critical moments in their lives continue to come to light, enriching Carlson's remarkable legacy of service.
"EDDIE CARLSON: A TOWERING CIVIC BOOSTER" by Bruce Ramsey
(article from the Seattle Post Intelligencer Archive--Friday, Dec. 31, 1999)
In 1992, through a generous gift from the Carlson family, the Edward E. Carlson Leadership and Public Service Center was founded at the University of Washington. Since its inception, the Center has worked with faculty to extend classroom learning, helped students make meaningful contributions to the community and promoted the development of effective citizens and leaders. Through the Carlson Center each year, thousands of UW students engage in public service. Through each of them, Carlson's legacy of public service lives on.