Puget Sound Civil War Roundtable

Civil War Education, Remembrance and Preservation

MEMORIALIS

We honor the memory of these members of the Puget Sound Civil War Roundtable. May they long be remembered.
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ALBERT AUGUSTUS GREEN III

Albert was born May 17, 1924 in Jackson Mississippi and passed away on Wednesday, September 21, 2016 in Winthrop, Washington where he had resided for the past twenty-six years.

Al was a founder of the PSCWRT and was President from about 1987 to about 1989. Albert retired in Winthrop after a 48-year career in banking in Seattle. He was an avid fly fisherman and a co-founder of the Methow Valley Fly Fishers.

He started fly fishing at the age of eleven, learning from his father in Mississippi. He caught his last fish near Winthrop at Moccasin Lake at age 92 in May, this year. His fly fishing equipment will be donated to the Methow Valley Fly Fishers. This will benefit their youth fly fishing classes and other projects supported by the club in the Methow Valley.

Albert is survived by his wife Susan Hinckel Green; daughter Susan Elizabeth Torngren, daughter Lena Karunamaya, son Albert Augustus Green IV, son Richard Stuart Green and three beloved grandsons.

Services were held at 1:00 p.m. at the United Methodist Church in Winthrop on Saturday, October 8, 2016. Remembrances may be made in his name to the Methow Valley Fishers.

Published in The Seattle Times from Sept. 28 to Oct. 2, 2016
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REAR ADMIRAL HORTON SMITH


Rear Admiral Horton Smith, 90, passed away in Seattle, Washington April 29, 2016. He was born in Seattle on June 1, 1925 to Della & Mabel Smith. Admiral Horton Smith was a lifetime resident of the Seattle area, and worked in many roles including Attorney, King County Superior Court Judge, and most notably as a Rear Admiral in the United States Navy. RADM Smith is survived by his wife Leillah Smith, his son Vern, and his daughters Caroline and Corenne. He will forever be loved and missed by those he leaves behind, and known far and wide for the incredible career and legacy he created.

An outdoor gathering will be held in RADM Smith's honor on Tuesday May 17th at 1:00pm, at the Washelli Cemetery next to the Doughboy statue. Please see washelli.com for more information.

Published in The Seattle Times on May 15, 2016
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DR. THOMAS E. O’CONNELL

Dr. Thomas E. O’Connell died at the Bayview Retirement Home in Seattle, Tuesday, October 20 after a long illness. He was born on June 30, 1925, in Worcester, Massachusetts to Thomas, a real estate developer and Mary, an interior decorator. O’Connell entered the Air Force after high school, serving as a bombardier-navigator in the Air Force’s 338th Bomb Squadron of the 96th Bomb Group in Europe before being honorably discharged as a first lieutenant in 1946.

He went on to attend Dartmouth College, and in 1950 O’Connell joined the Venezuelan Basic Economy Corporation, a Rockefeller family-sponsored organization in Puerto La Cruz, Venezuela where he met his wife Anne (née Ludlum).

He and his wife returned to the United States where O’Connell earned a master’s degree in public administration from Syracuse University and a doctorate in higher education from the University of Massachusetts. In 1960 O’Connell was named the founding president of the first state-supported community college in Massachusetts: Berkshire College in Pittsfield. He led the college as it grew from a fledgling institution to a vibrant college serving a cosmopolitan student body in a multi-building campus.

O’Connell made the move to what was then Bellevue Community College in 1977.  During his time as President, he established a solid instructional organization and successfully negotiated a new contract with faculty. O’Connell left the Bellevue College presidency in 1981 to teach speech and Spanish at the college until 1988.

An ardent traveler, O’Connell lectured in Spain, Holland, Germany and the former Yugoslavia for the U.S. Information Service.  He also traveled through Latin America, Europe and Asia as a bird watcher, compiling a list of birds he identified by sight and sound. He eventually switched to butterflies and still later to dragonflies. He was also a life-long actor, performing throughout the years in Massachusetts, Philadelphia and the Seattle area.

O’Connell is survived by his wife Anne O’Connell, his sister, Jessalyn McNamara of Greenwich, Connecticut; his children: Deirdre O’Connell of New York; Mary O’Connell of Toronto, Canada; Thomas J. O’Connell of Seattle, Washington, and one grandson, Frank Cox-O’Connell of Toronto, Canada.
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DONALD L. THORSON

Donald L. Thoreson, loving husband, father and grandfather, passed away peacefully, with his family at his side, on January 16, 2015. He was 84. Don was born in Pekin, North Dakota, on July 15, 1930, the fifth child of Christine Johanna and Thorfin Hjalmer Thoreson. He moved to Seattle with his family in 1942, where he graduated from Garfield High School. Don obtained his Bachelor of Arts and Doctorate of Jurisprudence degrees from the University of Washington,. After graduation, he spent two years in the Army, stationed at Fort Knox, Kentucky. Returning to Seattle, he joined Scotty Gibbon's solo law firm, which became Gibbon & Thoreson. The firm later became Thoreson, Yost, Berry & Matthews. Don then joined Betts Patterson & Mines as a member of the firm's Business Transactions and Corporate Law and Estate Planning and Probate Practice Groups, where he practiced until his retirement in 2013. He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Kay; his son Eric (Andrea) of Seattle; daughter Allison Bhusri (Aneel) of San Francisco; and son Paul of Medellin, Colombia; grandchildren Griffin (12), Paige (10) and Anna (5); and his sister Elaine Anderson (Donald) of Tacoma.
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LEONARD (LENNY) SAM PATRICELLI

Seattle native Leonard (Lenny) Sam Patricelli passed away on Saturday, January 24th, 2015, while on a flight to Disneyworld. He was 72. A family man extraordinaire, he was happiest when sharing his life with his wife, Linda, his children Marty and Andrea, their spouses Lea and Jason, his stepdaughter Carrie, her husband, Rob, and his six grandchildren, Collin, Simon, Mallory, Toby, Catie and Ellie. Lenny attended John Muir Grade School, Franklin High School and the University of Washington where he was a member of the Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity. He also joined the ROTC and was a veteran of the Army Reserves. A proud Italian and avid history buff, he was a member of the Bellevue Sons of Italy Lodge, the Italian Interest Club at Trilogy, and the Puget Sound Civil War Roundtable. Football and golf were also a big part of his life. He retired from Alliant Tech Systems (Honeywell) in 2002. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 7th, at the Latter Day Saints Church on Redmond Ridge. The address is 7115 224th Ave. NE, Redmond, WA 98053.

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DONALD WILLIAM LOGAN

Don was born on Dec 26, 1933, the first child of Donald Edward Logan and Alice Marie Briney. The Logan family moved to Muskegon, MI in 1943 and he graduated from Muskegon HS in 1952. The Logans moved to Seattle the fall of 1952 due to his father's new job at Boeing. Don enrolled at the UW from which he graduated in 1956 with a degree in Education. Don's teaching career with the Seattle Public Schools began in 1960 teaching history at Blaine Junior High in Magnolia. He was called into the military in 1963 in response to the Berlin Crisis.

Don returned to the UW and received a graduate degree in History in 1968. The majority of Don's career was at Ballard High School teaching US History and a variety of other courses. He loved his work. Don retired from his teaching career in 1985.

He eventually purchased several buildings on Capitol Hill the management of which he thoroughly enjoyed and from which he provided endless stories. This effort allowed Don to exhibit his great generosity and sense of community by providing a sizable donation to the University of Washington to sustain a chair in the UW History Department.
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TRAUTY CHRISTA MOHR “MERCEDES” MERCER

Trauty was born December 7, 1928 in Berlin, Germany and from the age of 4 was raised in Guatemala City, Guatemala. She obtained her U.S. citizenship in 1956. Trauty passed away in the early morning hours of March 5, 2012 at the age of 83 in Bellevue, Washington after a long, hard and brave 20 year battle with throat and tongue cancer.

In 1954 she received her Master’s degree in German Languages from Syracuse. She also met Andrew Mercer at Syracuse and they married in June of 1956. They lived for a time in Germany, then San Francisco where their three daughters were born in 1956, 1959 and 1962. In 1968 the family moved to Bellevue, Washington.

Trauty will be fondly remembered for her kindness and generosity to all, but especially to those less fortunate. She will also be remembered for her sense of humor, her mischievousness, her life stories, her love of animals, her faith in God and her accent. She was a member of Gamma Phi Beta sorority, Eastside Astrological Society and Puget Sound Civil War Roundtable.
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THOMAS J. PRESSLY

The UW Department of History will hold a celebration of the life of Thomas James Pressly, professor emeritus, at 4 p.m. Monday, June 25, at the UW Club, and all are welcome. Pressly died April 3, 2012.

Professor Emeritus, Thomas J. Pressly was a specialist in the American Civil War, Pressly was tremendously popular among undergraduate and graduate students during his nearly 40 years at the UW. Upon his retirement in 1987, he and his wife, Cameron, established two funds to recognize excellent history teachers in Washington’s secondary schools and to support faculty in the history department.

A long-term member of the Puget Sound Civil War Roundtable, Professor Pressly received honorary status in 2011.
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EDWARD P. DONNELLEY, JR.

Born in Philadelphia, PA on August 29, 1919, he was the eldest of 10 siblings and the big brother everyone wanted. Selfless and good, he helped Mother raise the children when Dad was out of town.

A veteran of the U. S. Navy, Ed was able to study geology and geography at the University of Washington. Always a history buff he passed his love of history, geology and geography of our region to the next generation.

Ed authored two volumes containing his knowledge entitled The History of the Coryell and Donnelly Families and Historical Documents of the Coryell and Donnelly Families. He was a true gentleman and scholar.

Ed was a man of faith and a proud long time member of Our Lady of the Lake parish. He was active in the Puget Sound Civil War Round Table. When Ed was not reading Civil War historical books he and Pat were at their cabin on Guemes Island or on their prized classic Tollycraft exploring the San Juan Islands.