I note the passing of TJ Vassar, a former member of the Seattle School Board in the early '80s. From the Times article, he is described as a "pioneering African-American educator" who taught at Lakeside. He served two terms on the Board and, at 30, was the youngest person ever elected to that body.
Among other accomplishments, he helped win reparations for
Japanese-American secretaries who had been forced to quit their jobs at
Seattle Public Schools during World War II.
During his years as an administrator there, Lakeside became one of the
most diverse elite private schools in the country, Noe said. Today,
students of color make up 51 percent of its enrollment, and “he did it,”
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