Thomas Vassar Jr., Pioneer in Seattle's African American community, dies

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by KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on January 26, 2013 at 6:46 PM

Updated Saturday, Feb 16 at 12:56 PM

A pioneer in Seattle's African American community has died.
  
Thomas Vassar Jr. was one of the first African American students at Seattle's private Lakeside School in the 1960s. Then returned years later as a teacher and the leader of an influential diversity program.
  
He was also a member of the Seattle School Board in the 1980s.
  
Vassar died of pancreatic cancer Friday at the age of 62.

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