Ralph V. Stevens|
Lt. Col. U.S. Army Reserve Ret.
Sept. 27, 1918 ~ February 12, 2014
As a loving husband, father, grandfather and brother, Ralph cherished his family. Born in Spokane, WA, he graduated from John Rogers High School. Ralph began his career in education as a classroom teacher in the Seattle School District in 1949 after graduating from Eastern Washington University and the University of Washington with a M.A., Education. As President of the University of Washington Debate Team his speeches encouraged public education. He was a member of a professional fraternity, Phi Delta Kappa, and promoted research, service and leadership. He furthered his education at Stanford University and University of Alaska, Fairbanks. Ralph always strived to make a difference and influenced many students and colleagues during his career.
Professionally, he served as the first elected president of the Seattle Teachers Association (STA) and continued his service with STA as the first Executive Secretary from 1959-1964. In 1965, he set up the Youth Training Program in Seattle Secondary Schools as the Program Coordinator. He also served as coordinator of Special Programs and Grants including proposal specifications and plans review for Seattle Schools. In addition, he represented the Seattle School District in Washington State legislative sessions in Olympia, 1967-1973.
In 1975, Ralph joined the staff of the Washington State Superintendent of Public Instruction (SPI) as administrative assistant in-charge of Legislative Liaison directing the development of agency-request legislation and monitored development of education-related proposals. In 1979, he was appointed consultant for Administrative Services at SPI. Ralph continued service as president of the Seattle Retired Teachers, and chairman of several school levies. During World War II, Ralph served with the US Army Signal Corps in the Aleutians and Fairbanks, Alaska. He continued his military service in the Army Reserve for 30 years, teaching at Fort Monmouth, New Jersey, and numerous other active duty stations in the summer until 1978 retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel US Army Reserve.
Ralph is survived by his loving wife Marilyn and their sons Scott (Nancy), Robert (Peggy), John (Holly), grandchildren Scott, Christopher, Madeline, Nick, Ted and Olee, and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his brother Dr. Harold Stevens and sister Gloria Timm.
Ralph passed away peacefully with loving care in the Health Care Center at Bayview Manor on Queen Anne Hill, February 12, 2014.
At his request, a military service will be held this summer at the Tahoma National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to the Bayview Manor Foundation, 11 West Aloha Street, Seattle, WA 98119, or Seattle School Retirees Association (SSRA) Scholarship and Grant Fund, 325 Eastlake Avenue East, Seattle, WA 98109.
Published in The Seattle Times on Mar. 2, 2014