Acknowledging the impact our founder Paul G. Allen continues to make on the city of Seattle, Mayor Jenny Durkan proclaimed Friday, January 18, 2019, Paul G. Allen Day.
While most knew him as the co-founder of Microsoft – a technologist, philanthropist, space pioneer and guitarist – he was also a Seattlite through-and-through.
Paul's dedication to Seattle was reflected in everything he pursued; from his purchase of the Seattle Seahawks to preserving and celebrating the cultural history of the region at his museums.
His investment in the Pacific Northwest has helped Seattle become a world-class destination for arts, culture, research and education. Students and researchers continue to follow in his footsteps at the University of Washington Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science and Engineering and the Allen Institutes.
Paul died in October of 2018, but his efforts to make the world a better place continue, locally and globally.
The Mayor's proclamation reads,
WHEREAS, a true son of Seattle, Paul G. Allen worked tirelessly to make his beloved city – and our world – a better, more vibrant place; and
WHEREAS, from co-founding Microsoft, to his landmark work as an entrepreneur, philanthropist, conservationist and stalwart supporter of the arts, Paul helped change the trajectory of people's lives for the better; and
WHEREAS, Paul's quest for learning and love for Seattle and the Pacific Northwest knew no bounds, and just like his parents, Paul brought a curiosity and love of knowledge to as many people and as many fields as he could; and
WHEREAS, from MoPOP to the 12's at CenturyLink to Upstream Music Fest in Pioneer Square, Paul always made sure we had a lot of fun along the way; and
WHEREAS, a kind, brilliant and good-hearted man, Paul was a giant of the Pacific Northwest; and
WHEREAS, generations to come will benefit from Paul's vision, innovation and generosity, and we will always remember the man who quite literally helped to invent the future; and
NOW, THEREFORE I, JENNY A. DURKAN, MAYOR OF SEATTLE, DO HEREBY PROCLAIM JANUARY 18, 2019 TO BE
Paul G. Allen Day