Roger Sale, 84, passed away peacefully on Thursday, May 11, 2017 after a major stroke. Sale authored 13 books, including Seattle Past to Present, and Seeing Seattle, as well as scores of book reviews. He taught myriad subjects in the English Department at the University of Washington for almost 50 years. His expertise spanned many centuries and genres, from Chaucer and Spencer, to 18th-20th century novels, to children's literature.
Sale is perhaps best known for his charismatic and demanding teaching style, which inspired generations of devoted students at Amherst College and the University of Washington, in more informal book groups, and at University Beyond Bars at Monroe Correctional Complex.
Roger loved digging in his garden, the smell of rain, and watching sunlight as it moved across the trees. Raised in Ithaca, NY, he and his family moved west in 1962 to a warmer, almost snow-free climate. He enjoyed bringing people together to talk about literature, and particularly relished teaching groups to informally act out "The Importance of being Earnest".
Sale is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Dorothy Young Sale, children Tim Sale and Maggie Sale (aka Maggie Ostara), and granddaughter, Emma Mauriva-Sale (aka Emma Ostara).
A Celebration of Life will be held
on Saturday, July 22 at the downtown Seattle YMCA, with a reception at Folio to immediately follow.
For more information go to http://RogersCelebration.com