Jane Carlson Williams Jane Carlson Williams, a long-time Seattle community and school development leader, died Monday, April 10, 2017 at her home in Ballard after a long illness. She was 75. The cause was multiple myeloma complicated by Parkinson's disease. An outgoing, optimistic woman of great personal charm, Jane spent 30 years working and consulting in the Northwest nonprofit community. Her considerable career success was matched by her role as the heart and soul of her beloved family and by a long list of cherished friends. For 10 years beginning in 1986, she was vice president for development and donor relations of the Seattle Foundation, the state's oldest and largest community foundation. After a term as chair of Lakeside School's board of trustees, she was hired by the school in 1996 as director of school relations, in charge of communications and fund raising. She excelled in both positions and often said it was because it allowed her to do what she loved, raising money for a good cause. Over the years, Jane consulted and advised a variety of nonprofit organizations on issues involving board governance, long range planning and financial development. She was a founding board member of Seattle Girls' School and headed a capital campaign for the Hearing, Speech and Deafness Center. Her interest in HSDC stemmed from a profound hearing loss as a young adult that left her 90 per cent deaf for the remainder of her life. She helped found the Washington Women's Foundation and was board president of the Northwest Development Officers Association She was chair of the advisory board of the Edward E. Carlson Leadership and Public Service Center at the University of Washington. Other board affiliations included the Pacific Science Center, Leadership Tomorrow and United Way of King County. Jane Leslie Carlson was born March 20, 1942, in Seattle, the second child of Edward E. and Nell Carlson. Her father was the former chairman of Westin Hotels and United Airlines and is acknowledged as the originator of the idea for the Space Needle. She graduated from St. Nicholas School and the University of Washington, where she majored in finance and was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta sorority. After graduation in 1964, she married David Williams, a UW classmate from Los Angeles. She spent the next six years living on five different U.S. Navy air bases around the United States as her husband trained as a carrier jet pilot and then deployed on combat missions in Southeast Asia. The couple returned to civilian life in 1970 and settled in San Francisco. While there, Jane volunteered at the annual fundraising auction at KQED, the local public television station. After moving to Seattle in 1976, she helped KCTS-9, Seattle's public TV station, start a similar auction and went on to serve as vice chair of the station's board of directors. Over the next three decades, Jane and David raised a family in Laurelhurst and then moved to a waterfront home in Ballard, on Salmon Bay, just outside the government locks. David worked at Security Pacific Bank Washington as vice chairman. In recent years, they divided their time between Seattle and Sunriver, OR. Survivors, in addition to her husband of 52 years, include two sons and daughters-in-law, Andrew and Linda Williams of Mountain View, Calif., and Jordan and Lindy Williams of Boulder, Colo.; four grandchildren, Soren, Elsa, India, and Theo Williams; a brother, Eugene Carlson of Vashon Island; a niece, Courtney Carlson of Washington, D.C.; and three cousins, Bruce Nixon, Hansville, WA., Laurie Lundgren, Samish Island, WA. and John Michel, Hailey, ID. A memorial gathering will be held Sunday, April 30 at 2 p.m. in St. Nicholas Hall at Lakeside School, 14050 1st Ave. NE, Seattle, 98125 Memorial donations in Jane's name can be made to Lakeside School or to the Edward E. Carlson Leadership and Public Service Center at the University of Washington.
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