January 2019 Bar Bulletin
The King County Bar Association is saddened to announce the death December 18 of former King County Bar Foundation President Fredric Tausend.
Mr. Tausend received his law degree from Harvard University and had been a partner at K&L Gates LLP and before that at Schweppe, Krug & Tausend. He served as dean of the University of Puget Sound Law School from 1980–86.
As a bar leader, Mr. Tausend was a trustee of the King County Bar Foundation from 1999–2006, including a term as board president in 2004–05. Under his leadership, the bar launched its “Future of the Law Institute” to encourage diverse high school students to consider careers in the law.
In 2012, a joint resolution of commendation celebrating Mr. Tausend’s career and leadership was adopted by the Washington Supreme Court, the U.S. District Court for Western Washington, the Washington State Bar Association, the King County Bar Association, the Legal Foundation of Washington and others. In particular, it stated:
“We wish to express our sincere appreciation and gratitude to Fred Tausend for gracing us with his presence, his professional services, his community services, his intellect, his good humor and, most of all, his friendship.”
KCBF past President Stephen Ellis (2009–10) remembers Mr. Tausend as “an elemental — full of fire, wisdom and presence. He possessed a stubborn and relentless drive to do good for his community (just ask anyone who ever got in his way while he was so engaged). He was habitually and proudly outspoken, and was a superb teacher with both a quicksilver mind and an outsized personality who was dedicated to the truth, justice and the rule of law.”
“Fred Tausend was a giant,” said KCBF past President Colleen Kinerk (2007–08), “an authentic pillar of the legal community and one who early on championed the causes of access to justice and authentic diversity in the practice and the judiciary.”
Dick Manning, who served as both KCBA president (1995–96) and KCBF president (1991–93) recalled that “Fred and I go back to 1965 when he was in the AG’s Office and I was representing a large, West Coast theater exhibitor in anti-trust litigation. Fred was always a first-class professional and collegial. He never let success change him.”
KCBA past President Kim Tran (2015–16) noted that “Fred was a champion for diversity and inclusion. He was willing to, and did, commit his time and money to build programs to support diversity in the legal profession. He will be missed.”
Memorial plans are pending and will be posted here when available.