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Doug Walker, 1950-2015

160101-doug-walker-mn-1415_7b143d6d86faac3bf2d7e181b2a7064d.nbcnews-ux-600-480We remember Doug Walker, a long-time friend of UW CSE and co-founder in 1981 of WRQ, a top-20 software company in its day. Doug went missing Thursday afternoon while snowshoeing with friends on Granite Mountain in the Cascades, and was found dead on Friday by a search and rescue team.

It’s impossible to convey what Doug (always along with his wife Maggie) has meant to the Seattle community. Obviously WRQ. Philanthropy – to the University of Washington, the Seattle Parks Foundation, the Hutch, MOHAI, and many other causes – including the co-founding of Social Venture Partners and the Seattle Parks Foundation. Conservation. Mountaineering. Cycling.

A truly wonderful human being, who died doing what he loved.

NBC News here. Seattle Times here, here, and here. GeekWire here. Seattle PI here. KING5 TV here. New York Times here. Wall Street Journal here. Excellent biography here.

January 1, 2016