Doug Walker, philanthropic leader and conservationist, lost in New Year's accident

Doug Walker, a Seattle tech entrepreneur, philanthropist, conservationist and longtime Fred Hutch board of trustees member. Photo Courtesy Kina Walker

Doug Walker, a Seattle tech entrepreneur who became one of Seattle’s leading philanthropists and conservationists, died in a snowshoeing accident on Granite Mountain over the New Year’s holiday. He had been reported missing Dec. 31 when he didn’t return from a hike and was found the next day. Walker, 65, was an avid climber and hiker who is survived by his wife, Maggie and their daughter, Kina.

Walker was a longtime Fred Hutch Board of Trustees member, who twice served as Board Chair. The Walkers’ support established the Walker fellowship in immunotherapy at Fred Hutch.

“It is a sudden and tragic end to a life of service,” said Dr. Gary Gilliland, Fred Hutch president and director. “We have been so incredibly fortunate to have a board member who could climb the tallest mountains, both literally and figuratively. Doug will be sorely missed by all of us.”

Dr. Mark Groudine, Fred Hutch executive vice president and deputy director, also remembered his longtime friend.

“Doug was so influential, but so humble and unpretentious,” he said. “Personally, he was a great friend, and I trusted him to take my wife, Cynthia, on rock and mountain climbs.”

“We will miss Doug, as both a friend and as an extraordinary supporter of the Hutch,” Groudine said. “His perspectives from his experiences in both for profit and non-profits were extraordinarily important. Doug was also a scientist (mathematician) at heart and loved learning what our investigators were doing, often visiting our labs. Of course, that he also dressed like a scientist -- bike shorts at board meetings -- endeared him to us.”

“Doug Walker will be missed.”

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