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Rosellini: former governor dies at 101

Albert D. Rosellini, who served as Washington's governor from 1957 to 1965, died Monday in Seattle after complications of pneumonia. He had turned 101 in January.

 “He was a trusted mentor and beloved friend, and the countless lives he touched, including mine, may be his greatest legacy,” Gov. Chris Gregoire said in a statement. Gregoire ordered state flags lowered to half-staff in his memory.

Gov. Rosellini remained active even as he neared the century mark, driving around town to political and social events in his white Cadillac with the license plate “GOV ADR.”

Until age 99, he still showed up every day at his Georgetown office filled with political mementos and photographs. Friends marveled at his mental sharpness even at an advanced age.

“He was a living history book,” former Gov. Mike Lowry said. “It was better than any oral history.”

What are your memories of this remarkable leader?

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Writer Catherine Johnston of Olympia, Wash., addresses issues facing aging baby boomers and seniors as well as issues of serious illness, death and dying, grief and loss.

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