Warren Chan, the first elected Chinese American judge in Washington state passed away this month. He was 92 years old. He was initially a radio operator in the army during World War II. After using the G.I. Bill to go to law school at the University of Washington, he ran for Superior Court Judge in 1968.
He once remarked “I think that one of the very important things is that the Chinese community has become more politicized. It’s very aware now of political matters, and I like to think that I had a hand in it…encouraging others to run for office.”
A memorial service will be held at the Seattle Chinese Garden, July 3, 1 p.m. (end)