King County Executive Dow Constantine today issued the following statement in response to the passing of Paul Allen.
It would be difficult to overstate the influence of Paul Allen on our community, and his impact on our collective history.
As a high school kid at Lakeside School, Paul mastered the nascent technology of mainframe computers, and went on to lead a revolution. His success made him a member of the elite club of visionaries who truly changed the world, and his passions fueled a second career as one of the greatest philanthropists of all time. He pushed the envelope of brain science, helped protect endangered species, created our popular culture museum, saved our historic Cinerama Theater, created a vast new UW library, and brought us our first NFL championship, among innumerable other contributions large and small.
His was truly an epic life. As a region, we are diminished by his passing, but we are inspired by his legacy to discover our own passions, and to share them with the world around us.
FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT:
Alex Fryer, Executive Office, 206-477-7966