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Alan Rabinowitz

January 18, 1927-November 29, 2017

Alan died peacefully in his home in Seattle after a long illness, surrounded by family.

He was an urban economist and former chairman of the Department of Urban Planning at the University of Washington. He is the author of seven books on topics ranging from municipal bond finance to social change philanthropy. He has been a major figure in Seattle civic affairs and community organizing. His activities have included serving on the founding boards of Town Hall, and Social Justice Fund Northwest. He also served on the board of the Burke Museum and helped start an endowment fund for the Washington Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).

Born in New York City to Aaron Rabinowitz and Clara (Greenhut) Rabinowitz, he was the youngest of three. He attended the Lincoln, Horace Mann and Loomis schools, then served in the US Navy at the end of WWII. He attended Yale University where he was an All American soccer player and majored in government and philosophy. After college he returned to the Navy as a reserve officer. He subsequently got an MBA from Harvard Business School, and a PhD in Urban Studies from MIT.

In 1951 He married Andrea Wolf of NYC. They were lifelong partners and would have celebrated their 66th anniversary today. He and Andrea made over 25 cross-country driving trips together to spend summers at their house on Martha's Vineyard, reading to each other and stopping along the way to visit friends and family. They raised four children in Washington DC, Manhattan, Cambridge, Massachusetts, and Seattle.

In 1971, Alan joined the faculty of the University of Washington. After retiring from the University, he and Andrea traveled extensively, working on economic development and community-organizing projects in Eastern European countries and Native American reservations. He also became deeply involved in social change philanthropy, serving on the board of the National Network of Grantmakers and the Peppercorn Foundation, a nonprofit focused on early childhood education.

Alan's greatest joys came from spending time with his family. He had an insatiable curiosity and interest in other people and problems local and global. His other passions included playing tennis and soccer, cross word puzzles, mending things (rather than throwing them out), compiling family histories, providing sage advice, and writing sonnets.

He is survived by his beloved wife Andrea, his children Eric, Peter (Nelly), Martha, and Katherine (Ramesh), grandchildren Moses (Arthina), Natasha (Joshua), Alexis, James, and Aaron, as well as many step grand and great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by Caroline Rabinowitz, Joe Earle, and his granddaughter Anna Lytton.

A service is planned for January in Seattle. In lieu of flowers, donations in his name can be given to the Encampment for Citizenship http://www.encampmentforcitizenship.org/ PO Box 1210, Aptos, CA 95001 and the University Friends Meeting of Seattle. 4001 9th Avenue NE Seattle, WA 98105. Sign Alan's

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Published in The Seattle Times from Dec. 1 to Dec. 2, 2017
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