Arlene Hinderlie Wade|
Born June 27, 1943
Died March 25, 2013
Arlene Hinderlie Wade, community activist, visionary, Seafair Queen,
and mentor to many, died peacefully on March 25th from non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.
Arlene grew up in Port Orchard, the daughter of Ray and Irene Hinderlie. During her 69 years, she lived life fully and left her mark on Seattle's heritage and musical communities.
In 1963, Arlene presided over the Century 21 World's Fair as Seafair Queen. The former Miss Port Orchard welcomed Bob Hope and other notables to the Fair.
Arlene attended the University of Washington and she joined the Gamma Phi Beta sorority. She retained a lifetime friendships from her college days hosting happy hours, charity events and dinners, trips to Europe and more.
She earned a MSW from the UW and also did three years of advanced training at the Seattle Psychoanalytic Institute.
Arlene enriched Seattle's cultural life. She co-founded the Seattle Chamber Music Festival with cellist Toby Saks in 1982. She was active with her husband on the boards of the Seattle Symphony and Cornish College of the Arts.
As President of the Southwest Seattle Historical Society in the 1990s, she led the campaign to create the "Birthplace of Seattle" Log House Museum at Alki. She insisted on telling the story of the Duwamish people, whose cause she championed for decades. She inspired "The Spirit Returns" exhibit as part of Seattle's 150th Anniversary, the first time the story of the Duwamish and the American settlers was told side by side.
Arlene worked with the Duwamish to secure land for the Duwamish Longhouse and Cultural Center.
Arlene is survived by her husband of 36 years, George Wade, her son, Brady; two brothers, Richard and Sanford Hinderlie and their respective families; three stepchildren: Catherine Thomsen, George Wade, Jr., and Sandra Johnson; and six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held June 2, 2:00 pm at Lagerquist Hall, Pacific Lutheran University.Sign Arlene's on-line
Guest Book at www.Legacy.com.
Published in The Seattle Times on May 26, 2013