Sharon Kay Koss

Sharon Kay KOSS Sharon Kay Koss passed away on June 15, 2010 to join her mother Mary Ann Strong in heaven. Sharon was born in Laramie, Wyoming on October 21, 1956 where her father was finalizing his degree in Civil Engineering. She grew up in Seattle where she attended primary school in Magnolia and graduated from Queen Anne High School. She received her undergraduate degree in business from Washington State University. She was a huge Cougar supporter. She also volunteered her time to assist the Business school at WSU. She married Douglas Gordon Koss on April 4, 1981. The couple lived in Fremont until 1995 when they moved to Queen Anne. Sharon worked for various Seattle area companies in HR. She founded Koss Management Consulting in 1986 to offer her expertise to a broader audience in the fields of Human Resources and Employee Compensation. Her husband Doug joined her in the business as a full time partner. Her consulting required her to travel all over the country to assist her extensive client base. Sharon was chosen by the Society for Human Resource Management to serve on the Humane Resources Certification Institute. She was a board member from 1992 to 1999 and served as President in 1998. She was also a regular speaker for SHRM at the annual national conference and for SHRM education programs through out the country. In 2008 SHRM published Sharon's book: Solving the Compensation Puzzle, which has been one of the best selling human resources books in recent years. Sharon was also active in local human resource organizations. She was a charter member of the Lake Washington Human Resource Association which was founded in 1979. Sharon started a study group within LWHRA for colleagues preparing to be tested for certification in the Human Resources profession. She demonstrated her passionate commitment to professional development by always remaining active in the study group. Sharon was also a regular speaker at numerous local human resource groups. Sharon loved her several West Highland White Terriers. She loved travel for pleasure and often went with her parents to far off lands including Africa and India. Sharon and Doug had many trips to many other countries and especially enjoyed spending Christmas and New Years in Australia on three occasions. Sharon was a wonderful, loving aunt to her niece and nephews. She leaves behind not only a wonderful positive legacy for her family and friends, but the love of her life, her husband Doug; her father Don Strong, her sister Karen Bekins (Paul), her brother Dwight Strong (Susan), her niece Lisa Bekins, and her nephews Byron Bekins and Scott Strong. A service will be held to commemorate Sharon's life at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday June 26 at Magnolia Presbyterian Church in Seattle.

Published in The Seattle Times on June 20, 2010