Ralph Robert Hadac|
October 25, 1935 - January 7, 2013
Ralph died at home after a lengthy battle with cancer at the age of 77.
Born in Chicago, Illinois to William R. and Mildred L. Hadac, he grew up in Cicero and Berwyn, Illinois. Ralph graduated in the top of his class at JS Morton High School in 1953. He then attended MIT in Boston, graduating in Business Engineering in 1958. He was a member of Kappa Sigma fraternity.
In the summer of 1958, he and his wife Lucy Johnson Hadac moved to Seattle, Washington where Ralph began work at the Boeing Company on the 707; he was soon transferred to the aerospace division, where he remained until 1970. At that time he enrolled in the University of Washington, eventually receiving his Master's Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling, School of Education, in 1972.
He was employed by the University in the School of Family Medicine and the Office of Research in Medical Education while he began work on his doctorate degree. During the time period of 1975-1981 he presented or co-authored 8 research documents for the School of Family Medicine. Ralph was awarded his PhD in Educational Psychology, School of Education, in 1983.
He continued working for the University in the WAMI program, part of Family Medicine, where he became expert at seeking large government grants.
In 1991 Ralph became the Executive Director of the Horizons Foundation, a private family foundation in Seattle. He continued working daily until 3 weeks before his death. The Foundation functioned very well under his direction, and he benefitted by exposure to it. He became a strong environmentalist, supporting a large part of the Foundation's mission of working with environmental causes in Washington State.
Ralph was a member of the Seattle Tennis Club, greatly enjoying tennis matches with friends, and tournaments in which he won many trophies. He also enjoyed playing duplicate bridge in the annual inter-club tournament. He had an active social life at the club and leaves behind many friends and good memories.
Ralph was active with his sons in Indian Guides and Cub Scouts. He enjoyed camping and hiking in Washington State, as well as traveling across the United States. He especially enjoyed trips to the family cabin on San Juan Island. As an avid fan of the Washington Husky Football team, he was a season ticket holder for over 30 years, and often traveled to their Bowl games.
Ralph was predeceased by his parents, by his sister Lyn and her husband Norm Pierce of California, and his sister Donna and her husband Ronald Struebing of Illinois. He is survived by spouse Lucy, sons Raphael (Carrie, devoted friend), John, Stephen (Karen), and grandchildren Robin and Thomas, all of Seattle. He is also survived by niece Martine (Rodger) Ebert and children, and nephews Rodney (Stacy) Struebing and children, and Ronald (Carolynne) Struebing and children, all of Illinois. He is also survived by nephew Kirk Pierce of California and nephew Marc (Dee) Pierce and family of Oregon.
A private burial service will be held at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in Seattle. A celebration of Ralph's life with friends and family will be held towards spring in Seattle.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Seattle Audubon Society, 8050 35th Ave. N.E., Seattle, WA 98105; Earthjustice, 705 2nd Ave., #203, Seattle, WA 98104; or to a
. Please see Ralph's online Guest Book at www.Legacy.com.
"And think of him as living
In the hearts of those he touched...
For nothing loved is ever lost
And he was loved so much."
Published in The Seattle Times on Jan. 20, 2013