Joe Montano passed away suddenly on July 25 at the age of 47, at his home in Virginia. He was planning to attend his first Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia to support his boss, Sen. Tim Kaine, who Hillary Clinton picked as her running mate. Montano was a passionate community activist, committed public servant, advocate […]
Champion of veterans, Edward Chow, Jr., passes away
Edward Chow, Jr., the son of Seattle civic activist and Chinese community pioneer Ruby Chow, died at his home from pancreatic cancer on July 22.
Hawaii Democratic congressman Mark Takai dies
U.S. Rep. Mark Takai, a war veteran and long-time legislator known for his bright nature and deep commitment to service, died in his home after a months-long battle with cancer.
Ruth Woo, community leader, dies at 89
If you’ve never heard of Ruth Woo, you have likely heard of the people she has helped.
Lily Nakai Shiosaki passes away
Seattle’s Mayor Ed Murray released a statement on July 6 on the passing of his mother-in-law, Lily Nakai Shiosaki. The mayor’s husband is Michael Shiosaki. “On July 4, Michael’s mother, Lily, passed away. She was a beloved mother and wife, and her graciousness and strength of character will remain an inspiration to our entire family,” […]
Seattle restaurateur dies at 48
Walter Kwan, founder of Top Gun Restaurant and O’Asian, died on May 26. The cause of Kwan’s death was an aneurysm.
In memory of Mary Fung Koehler (1933 – 2016)
Mary Fung Koehler was born on December 26, 1933 to Tuck and Li Chen Fung in Chicago Illinois. She was the seventh of eleven children and grew up working in the family’s Chinese-American restaurants. Mary attended the University of Illinois and became the third woman to ever graduate from the school of chemical engineering. She […]
IN MEMORY OF: Tek Hong Wong (1921–2016)
Tek Hong Wong, a quiet pioneer in the local Asian Community, passed away on Feb. 5. A dedicated family man, decorated World War II veteran, and Seattle businessman, his legacy is evident in our community and through the many different people’s lives he touched. He is survived by his children Rick Wong Andy Wong, Phillip […]
IN MEMORY OF …: A fond farewell to James Medina (1950-2015)
James A. Medina (Jim) passed away on Sunday, Dec. 13, 2015, at his home in Olympia after a hard-fought battle with leukemia. Jim was a loving and dedicated husband, father, and grandfather. Jim was born in Seguin, Texas, on Dec. 29, 1950. He married the love of his life, Patricia Higgins, on Nov. 19, 1977, […]
IN MEMORY OF …: Kenneth Koe, 1925-2015 — Co-inventor of Zoloft
By Kenneth So University of Washington Columns Magazine Kenneth Koe, co-inventor of the antidepressant Zoloft, died on Oct. 7 in Shrewsbury, Mass. He was 90. The son of Chinese immigrants, Koe was born in Astoria, Ore. and grew up in Portland, where his family ran a laundry and lived in the back of the store. […]
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