Senator George Fleming, a groundbreaking Washington State legislator and University of Washington Husky football legend, died on December 6, 2021, at age 83. For safety reasons, the Celebration of Life to honor and celebrate Fleming’s legacy has been postponed.
Originally scheduled for January, the rescheduled event will take place at the Don James Center located inside the University of Washington’s Husky Stadium on February 27 and will start promptly at 1:00 p.m.
Fleming was an accomplished football player, who helped lead the Huskies to their first Rose Bowl victories in back-to-back conference championships in 1959 and 1960, including the 1960 National Championship. He then went on to have a professional football career with the Oakland Raiders and the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.
Fleming subsequently dedicated his life to public service representing the 37th District for twenty-two years, including two years in the Washington State House of Representatives and twenty years in the State Senate, during which time he earned a reputation for championing causes for those in need and advocating for civil rights. A few of his crowning achievements include the establishment of the Office of Women and Minority Business Enterprise and the Washington State Housing Finance Commission, both of which have continued to serve the community for over 30 years. He was also a tireless advocate to make the Martin Luther King holiday a reality in Washington state.
According to his family, “It is fitting that we celebrate Senator Fleming during Black History Month because he is an important part of Washington State history that should never be forgotten.”
Due to limited capacity, if you wish to attend the Celebration of Life, to allow for adequate distancing and planning, please send the name, email address and phone number of attendee(s) to firstname.lastname@example.org by January 21, 2022 to receive an invite from the University of Washington.