A public memorial service for former School Board Director Alan Sugiyama will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 29 at the Fisher Pavilion at the Seattle Center. Al passed away on Jan. 2 after a long battle with cancer.
He was a true Seattle native, attending Bailey Gatzert Elementary, Washington Junior High, and proudly graduating from Garfield High School (class of 1968).
Beginning in college, Al worked tirelessly in the community, especially as an advocate for Asian Americans and other people of color. He led the Asian Student Coalition at the University of Washington, co-founded the Asian Family Affair newspaper, and later founded and served as executive director of the nonprofit agency Center for Career Alternatives. He retired after 30 years, and came out of retirement when he selected as the executive director of the Executive Development Institute.
“As a former board member of the Center for Career Alternatives, I witnessed first hand Al’s passion and commitment to making things happen that changed peoples’ lives,” said Deputy Superintendent Stephen Nielsen. “Al’s legacy lives on in the lives he changed.”
With his daughters enrolled in Seattle Public Schools, Al was also elected to the School Board in 1989 and served two full terms.
More details about Al Sugiyama’s life are available in his online obituary on Dignity Memorial. He is survived by his daughters, siblings, granddaughter, and a large extended family.
Our deepest condolences to Al’s family and friends. He was a champion of public education and a great friend to the Seattle community.