A public memorial for the late Seattle Mayor Paul Schell has been set for 3 p.m. Oct. 8 at Bell Harbor International Conference Center on the Seattle waterfront.
Organizers have scheduled the event on what would have been Schell’s 77th birthday. Schell, who served as mayor from 1998 to 2002, died Sunday after undergoing heart bypass surgery last week. A smaller family memorial is being planned for mid-August on Whidbey Island, where Schell had long lived with his wife of 51 years, Pam Schell.
Schell’s term as mayor was marked by a cavalcade of crises, including the 1999 WTO riots, which doomed his reelection bid in 2001. But he’s being remembered for a legacy of civic activism and visionary influence on the city’s development that stretches back decades.
In lieu of flowers, Schell’s family asked that donations be made to the Whidbey Island Center for the Arts (www.wicaonline.org) or Amara (www.amaraparenting.org), a Seattle adoption counseling center.
Bell Harbor International Conference Center is located at 2211 Alaskan Way, Seattle.