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Brewster Castberg Denny Obituary
Brewster Castberg Denny

Brewster C. Denny, died on June 22nd at the age of 88. Born in Seattle to Merle and Margaraith Denny in 1924, he was the great-grandson of Arthur and Mary Denny, founders of Seattle and the UW. When asked to define his life and legacy, Brewster would respond, " a life of public service." His career took him to the White House, the Senate floor, before the United Nations, to critical positions on national intelligence, to government reform at the national and local level and to the creation of one of the nation's leading schools for the preparation of careers in public service, the Graduate School of Public Affairs (now the Evans School) at the University of Washington.

Brewster created the School in 1962 where he served as dean, a position he held until 1980. He continued to teach diplomatic history and American foreign policy at the School until 2004. Brewster's other public service positions included: Naval service in World War II and the Korean War; Intelligence analyst at the Department of Defense; Advisor during the national security transition between the Eisenhower and Kennedy administrations; Appointee to several presidential commissions and task forces; Advisor to governors, mayors and cabinet members; U.S. Delegate to the General Assembly of the United Nations; Advisor on science policy to the governments of Thailand, Korea, the Philippines and Jordan. Brewster also served as a trustee since 1974 of The Century Foundation, a leading global policy think tank, including serving as chairman for 8 years. Additionally, he served as a member of the GAO Comptroller General's Research and Education Advisory Panel for 21 years.

Brewster had a passionate belief in the power of effective public policy to improve the lives of children and served as long time co-chair of the Children's Budget Coalition and on the Children's Alliance Board of Directors in Seattle. He also served on the board of many local arts and historical organizations. He was fluent in Russian, played the piano by ear, and could sing many Italian arias by heart.

Brewster received a bachelor's degree from the UW (1945) and a master's (1948) and doctorate (1959) from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts.

He was a devoted husband and father. He and Patricia, his wife of 63 years, spent everyday together discussing and solving the issues they cared about.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Martha Jean Hudson. He is survived by his wife, Patricia; daughter, Maria Denny; son-in-law, Jim Kodjababian, and grandchildren Ella and Jacob.

The family suggests that contributions may be made to the Brewster C. Denny Fellowship at the Evans School of Public Affairs, or to the Children's Alliance.

A memorial service celebrating his life will be held at Epiphany Parish in Seattle at 3:00 p.m. Tuesday, July 9.
Published in The Seattle Times from July 2 to July 7, 2013
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