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posted Friday, February 9, 2018 - Volume 46 Issue 06
IN MEMORIAM - KEN FOWLER
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IN MEMORIAM - KEN FOWLER

We lost our friend Ken Fowler on January 23, as a result of a stroke he suffered two weeks earlier. Ken was a friend to many in the Seattle gay community, and was a familiar sight on the streets of Capitol Hill as he took his daily exercise walks. He was born in Rossland, British Columbia, Canada. The son of a mining engineer, he also lived in Colorado, Nevada, California, Hawaii, and India. After university graduation and two years as an officer in Naval intelligence, Ken moved to San Francisco, started a new life, and earned a PhD in Forestry from the University of California, at Berkeley. He then taught Forest Conservation at the University of Toronto, worked for the California Dept. of Forestry, and then joined Weyerhaeuser Corporation to develop computer models for sustainable forestry practices. Following that, he set up his own consulting business in Seattle - Customized Computing Services. In the 1980's Ken began volunteering for the Seattle Gay Clinic, where he was president of its Board when the clinic's volunteers launched the Chicken Soup Brigade. He then went to work for the Seattle-King County Public Health Department's AIDS Prevention Project, where he served as a data specialist.

Ken was actively involved in many causes, including the Washington State Bar Association's Drug Reform Task Force, and in collecting signatures for Washington's Death with Dignity Law. He was a member of the Group Health (now Kaiser) Capitol Hill Advisory Committee and Senior Caucus. In addition, he was often president or treasurer of his condo association. Ken enjoyed the Seattle Symphony, as well as gay hiking, square dancing, and skiing groups with friends. For years he coordinated Page Boyz, a monthly book discussion group for gay men. Friends described him as quiet, interested in others, and intellectual - doing linear algebra and Sudoku to keep his mind nimble. People still wonder about Ken's age, which he consistently declined to disclose.

He is survived by his sister Helen and nephew Eric in Oakland, California, niece Sonya in Edmonds, and by many loving friends.

Ken's friends and associates are invited to a gathering on Sunday, March 4th, 2-4 pm at the Miller Community Center, 330 19th Avenue East.

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