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Stuart H. Prestrud

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Stuart H. PRESTRUD Stuart was born in Seattle on April 18th 1919, the only child of Norwegian immigrants. He grew up in Seattle and graduated from Queen Anne High School in 1937. During WWII he attended the US Navy language school in Boulder Colorado and served in the US Merchant Marine. Following the war he joined the Naval Reserve and returned to the U.W. graduating with a degree in history. He then resumed a banking career that led to a sixty year association with Pacific National Bank and its successors including Wells Fargo. His banking career had begun as a messenger boy riding in armored cars. He rose through the ranks to become Vice President and Senior Trust Officer, serving as a Director of the Pacific Coast Banking School along the way. Throughout his long career he strove to protect the interests of his clients. Stuart was a generous man, giving his time and support to non-profit organizations including serving on the boards of Seattle Opera, the Museum of Flight, the Museum of History and Industry, the Norman Archibald Foundation, the Ryan Hill Foundation, and the Phi Beta Kappa Association. The Stuart H. Prestrud meeting room at the Queen Anne library is named in his honor. He was also a founder of the Harbor Grove Association on Whidbey Island where he maintained a summer home. He was an avid stamp collector, bird-watcher, and lover of classical music. His humor, intelligence and congenial nature were treasured by his many friends. Stuart passed away peacefully December 28th.He is survived by sons Doug, Jack and Charles, grandson Sam, and former wives Victoria Prestrud and Barbara Bye. A celebration of his life is being arranged. For informa- tion email: [email protected]
Published in The Seattle Times on Jan. 6, 2012
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