June 9th, 2010

Sixty years later, a diploma for Funk

88-year-old Anacortes native Wallie Funk, will receive his UW diploma Thursday, June 10 after a six-decade period of graduation “limbo.” I took the photo above in 2008 when the UW Department of Communication inducted Wallie into its Alumni Hall of Fame. It was this event that led to investigation of transcripts and announcement that Wallie had qualified for a diploma he never received. As noted, check out Time reporter Carly Flandro’s article in today’s issue of the Seattle Times. The feature also includes a great portrait by Times photographer Ellen M. Banner.

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About Photographer Steve Berentson

A fourth generation Skagit County native who was moved kicking and screaming from this island community in 1960. I finally reclaimed an Anacortes address in 1980, and I have been in constant celebration of my return since that time. Many of us who call Anacortes home love Fidalgo Island for its natural assets: among them are rugged beaches, pristine lakes, thousands of acres of forestland and some awesome views of the Skagit Valley and surrounding islands. Another element of my love affair with this community is its people, both natives and immigrants. They will “star” in many of my journal entries.

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