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Tue., April 27, 2010, 3:01 a.m.

A Great One has fallen…


Good morning, Netizens...

Allison Stacey Cowles, activist, and matriarch of the family that owns the Spokesman-Review, died Sunday morning at the age of 75 of pancreatic cancer. Allison Cowles lived in Spokane for 36 years, and raised two children, (William) Stacey Cowles and Elizabeth A. (Betsy) Cowles who rose to become President and Chairwoman respectively of the Cowles Publishing Company in their adulthood.

A full history of her long and illustrious life was written by Jim Kershner at, and of her marriages to William H. Cowles III and in 1996 William (Punch) Sulzberger.

She was a gracious, dominant social and political leader in Spokane, and the number of contributions she gave to Spokane are incredible and lengthy.

I only met Allison Cowles once in passing in my life, and she formed a vivid image that has lasted all these years. She shined a beacon of goodness and light into life, and should always be remembered with gentle prayers and and kindest thoughts. Rest in peace, Allison.


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