Best of 2010: Fond Farewells

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At the end, he couldn’t hit a lick, but Ken Griffey Jr. deserved a farewell tour, not an abrupt midseason escape out the back door of Safeco Field. Artistic director Bart Sher departed from Intiman Theatre this year, leaving it arguably the strongest of Seattle’s major theater companies. University of Washington president Mark Emmert left Montlake for Indianapolis and a new gig as head of the NCAA. Tod Leiweke energized the sports scene like no other team executive in the past decade. We wish him well as he heads to Florida and his first love—hockey—and we salute pitcher Cliff Lee for giving baseball fans a glimpse of what might be. We’ll miss the punny marquee of the shuttered Lusty Lady. Seattle chefs Thierry Rautureau and Tom Douglas ended their KIRO-FM radio show, but they’re still cookin’. As for morning host Bob Rivers, who left KZOK-FM in September, stay tuned. His non-compete agreement expires in April. Here's a look at more 2010 departures.

, the Italian restaurant that graced the intersection of 22nd and Market in Ballard for 23 years, served its last meatball in October.

Bellevue’s luxury hub The Bravern soldiers on despite the economy, but it was unable to hold onto two of its prime restaurant tenants. New York chef/entrepreneur Terrance Brennan pulled the plug on ARTISANAL BRASSERIE and the adjacent ARTISANAL TABLE after less than a year in business.

In September, Fremont’s famed BUCKAROO TAVERN put its neon boots to rest after 72 years.

Open only two years, Madrona’s KING CREOLE LOUISIANA GUMBO AND BBQ put an end to its Cajun home cooking in July.

ICHIBAN, an International District staple for 27 years, said goodbye to patrons in June.

In May, chef Tamara Murphy announced the closing of BRASA, which had operated downtown for 11 years. 

In March, Karen Olsen closed Ballard’s charming TABLEAU, known for its eclectic mix of home décor items, jewelry and imaginative gifts.

After a seven-year run, restaurateurs Angela and Ethan Stowell locked up their first restaurant, UNION, in May, focusing attention on the rest of their dining empire, including the new Staple & Fancy Mercantile.

We bid a final adieu to notable citizens.

Dave Niehaus, 75, longtime Mariners broadcaster.

Harry Wappler, 73, longtime KIRO-TV meteorologist.

Roberto Maestas, 72, cofounder of the Latino community center El Centro de la Raza and longtime advocate for social justice.

George Shangrow, 59, teacher, founder and music director of Orchestra Seattle and the Seattle Chamber Singers, and radio host for KING-FM’s Live, by George.

Phil Harris, 53, crab boat captain and star of the Discovery Channel reality show Deadliest Catch.

Edwin G. Krebs
, 91, former University of Washington professor and recipient of the 1992 Nobel Prize in medicine.

Dick Christensen, 70, former softball great who was inducted into the Seattle Metro Fastpitch Hall of Fame in 1992.

Georgia Gellert Penfield, 92, active feminist whose work in public relations helped Seattle-area women break through the glass ceiling.

Ellsworth C. “Buster” Alvord
, 86, University of Washington physician, philanthropist and pioneer in the field of neuropathology, recognized for his research into the cause of multiple sclerosis.

Vernon Lane
, 79, Lummi Nation tribal council leader and accomplished commercial fisherman who fought for treaty-assured fishing rights and tribal sovereignty.

Dorothy Provine, 75, 1950s and ’60s singer, dancer and actress, known for the TV series The Roaring Twenties and the movie comedy It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World.

Gene Porte
r, 71, otherwise known as “the Man,” longtime owner of Dixie’s BBQ in Bellevue and, before that, Porter’s Automotive.
Joe Kearney, 83, former University of Washington athletic director known for hiring football coach Don James and men’s basketball coach Marv Harshman.

Walter Daggatt
, 91, the founding father of professional soccer in Seattle for directing creation of the original Seattle Sounders of the North American Soccer League.

The Right Reverend Robert Hume Cochrane
, 85, former bishop of the Episcopal Church in Western Washington who was instrumental in establishing a ministry to help refugees from Southeast Asia resettle in the area.

Arne Backstrom, 29, professional skier and winner of the 2010 Canadian Freeskiing Championship.

Don Coryell
, 85, innovative coach who became the first to win 100 games in both college and professional football.

Frank Colacurcio Sr.
, 93, longtime Seattle organized-crime figure and strip club owner.

Francis LeSourd, 102, a co-founder of Crystal Mountain Ski Resort whose activism led to developing the nation’s first interracial housing communities and the hiring of African-American bus drivers in Seattle.

Douglas Bennett
, 90, sculptor who created the bronze Christopher Columbus statue that overlooks Elliott Bay on Pier 57.

Craig Watjen, 74, Seattle Mariners co-owner, former Microsoft assistant treasurer and accomplished musician.

Marjorie Nelson
, 86, civic activist and stage actress, a member of the first acting company at Seattle Repertory Theatre.

Folke Nyberg, 76, noted architect and former University of Washington professor, who helped in getting Pioneer Square listed as the state’s first site on the National Register of Historic Places.

Hadley Caliman, 78, jazz saxophonist extraordinaire and former teacher at Cornish College of the Arts.

Maybeth Pressley, 90, longtime Seattle Symphony Orchestra violinist and matriarch of a prominent musical family.

Dick Friel, 76, vice president of marketing for Seattle’s Aviation Partners, best known for auctioneering charity galas and his infectious sense of humor.