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The Slade Gorton International Policy Center

The Slade Gorton International Policy Center honors the living legacy of Senator Gorton’s values and significant contributions to Washington State and the nation by sponsoring world-class policy research and inspiring the next generation of leaders.

Dear Friends of the Gorton Center:

It is with a heavy heart that I share this sad information with you. Sally Gorton, the beloved wife of Slade Gorton and a friend to all of us, passed away early Saturday morning of cancer. She and Slade had been true partners in life for over 55 years. Sally had an impressive career in journalism and public service. Early in her career, she was a reporter for the Yakima Herald-Republic and the Seattle Times. She went on to write articles and stories for many publications, including Northwest Orient Magazine. Over the years, Sally devoted herself to public service in both Washington State and Washington, D.C., taking on multiple leadership roles and receiving many honors. She was listed in Who's Who of American Women, Two Thousand Women of Achievement,The World Who's Who of Women, and the International Who's Who in Community Service.

Although she was recognized as an accomplished woman in her own right, what was most important to Sally was that she was a beloved and devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She was incredibly proud of Slade, her children--Tod, Sarah, and Becky--and her seven grandchildren! She was loved by all who knew her. Sally had a "spark" and a great deal of spunk, and was never afraid to state her opinion. She was a woman of dignity, love, and faith who enriched our lives with her graciousness. Our thoughts and prayers are with Slade and his family. We lost a very dear friend.

A service will be held on Friday, July 26, at 4:00 p.m. at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 8300 NE 12th Street, Medina, WA, 98039.

Creigh H. Agnew
President, Slade Gorton International Policy Center

Sally Gorton Scholarship Fund

A scholarship fund has been established at the Slade Gorton International Policy Center to honor the life of Sally Gorton, beloved wife of former U.S. Senator Slade Gorton. It is a fitting tribute to an accomplished woman whose career spanned newspaper reporting, journalism and, most importantly, being a wonderful wife, mother and grandmother. Sally enjoyed young people and loved to be around them. The Sally Gorton Scholarship Fund will support the new Gorton Center Global Leaders Program and future student-focused programs. The Global Leaders Program is a nine-month leadership development program for undergraduate, graduate and law students that begins in September 2013 and spans the traditional school year. The mission of the program is to enhance students’ ability to make a positive global impact in their respective fields of study. The program focuses on leadership roundtables, mentorship and student-led policy events with a goal of inspiring the next generation of leaders. Mentoring young people is a core value of both Sally and Slade Gorton. Sally was a woman of dignity, love and faith who lived her values. The Global Leaders Program will focus on the values that her life espoused: hard work, public service, inspiration, integrity and leadership. At the conclusion of the program each year, one student will be selected from the group to receive the Sally Gorton Leadership Award. It will be presented to the student who best represents, and demonstrates, those values.

If you would like to make a donation, you can make your tax deductible gift online here or make your check payable to: The Gorton Center at NBR, 1414 NE 42nd Street, Suite 300, Seattle, WA 98105, and designate the Sally Gorton Fund on the memo line or in your donation letter.

About the Slade Gorton International Policy Center:

The Slade Gorton International Policy Center, founded in 2010, is a policy research center established in honor of former U.S. Senator Slade Gorton’s 55+ years of public service to Washington State and the nation. The Center sponsors world-class policy research and works to inspire the next generation of leaders. It is a core, permanent program of The National Bureau of Asian Research with three focus areas: policy research, fellowship and internship programs, and the Gorton History Program (archives). The Center’s work promotes Senator Gorton’s values of principled leadership, rigorous analysis, intellectual pursuit, integrity, inspiration, effectiveness, bipartisanship, and public service. For more information on the Gorton Center, please go to http://SladeGortonCenter.nbr.org.