Dr. Robert W. Day, the longest-serving president and director of the center and the leader who brought into being its campus overlooking Seattle’s South Lake Union, died in his Seattle home on Jan. 6, 2018 of lung cancer. He was 87.
A well-read man who exuded charm and wit, Day was also a competitive and uncompromising advocate, determined to fulfill his vision of the Hutch — that of a growing, thriving center of excellence for basic science, clinical trials and public health and prevention research.
Dr. Day’s signature achievement was acquisition of the 15-acre site in South Lake Union in a series of transactions from 1988 through 1991 and the subsequent move from the Hutch’s original headquarters on First Hill in Seattle to a 13-building complex now known as the Robert W. Day Campus. A bronze bust of Day gazes across a brick plaza at the center of that campus.
At the family's request, a memorial celebration will be held from 2-5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 27, in the Thomas Building at Fred Hutch. The family requests that in lieu of flowers donations be made to Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center or Seattle Cancer Care Alliance.
Gifts will be directed to the Fred Hutch and Seattle Cancer Care Alliance in support of the ongoing efforts in developing life-saving therapies and provide the best cancer care available.
The Fred Hutch family remembers gratitude the life of Robert Day. His efforts have inspired many and made it possible for Hutch researchers to continue their world-class work.