Cheryl Chow

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Cheryl Chow
Born Cheryl Mayre Chow
(1946-05-24)May 24, 1946
Seattle, Washington
Died March 29, 2013(2013-03-29) (aged 66)
Seattle, Washington
Nationality  United States
Occupation Educator
Politician
Spouse(s) Sarah Morningstar (m. March 16, 2013)
Children 1
Liliana Morningstar-Chow
Parents
  • Edward Shui "Ping" Chow (father)
  • Ruby Chow (mother)

Cheryl Mayre Chow (May 24, 1946 – March 29, 2013) was an American educator and politician.

Early life[edit]

On May 24, 1946, Chow was born in Seattle, Washington. Chow's father was Edward Shui "Ping" Chow (November 5, 1916 - June 29, 2011), who received U.S. Citizenship after he was discharge from United States Army. Chow's mother was Ruby Chow, who served as a King County councilwoman and she was the first Asian American elected to King County Council.

Chow's maternal grandparents were Chinese immigrants who had come to the United States to work on the railroad lines. [1]

Chow's parents were also restaurant owners of the famous Ruby Chow's restaurant, where Bruce Lee once worked. [2]

Chow graduated from Franklin High School and then attended Western Washington University.

Career[edit]

Chow was a teacher at Hamilton International Middle School, a public school in Seattle School District. Chow was a principal of Sharples Junior High School (now Aki Kurose Middle School Academy). [3]

Besides being a teacher and principal, Chow also coached girls' basketball for the city parks and recreation department.

From 1990–97, she served on the Seattle City Council. Chow also served on the Seattle School Board and was president of the school board. [4]

After 1997, Chow was a principal of Franklin High School and Garfield High School. [5]

In 2005, Chow was elected to the Seattle School Board during a time where the district saw increasing school closures and instability. [6]

Personal[edit]

Chow came out as lesbian in August 2012. On March 16, 2013, Chow married her partner, Sarah Morningstar. Together, they have a daughter, Liliana Morningstar-Chow. [7]

Death[edit]

Cheryl Chow died of central nervous system lymphoma, aged 66, in Seattle, Washington, and was survived by her partner, Sarah Morningstar, and several brothers and half-brothers.[8][9]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Valdes, Manuel. June 8, 2008. Ruby Chow, Seattle’s Chinese-American matriarch, dies"spokesman.com The Spokesman Review". Retrieved Nov 23, 2016. 
  2. ^ "Legacy.com Edward Shui "Ping" Chow". Retrieved Nov 23, 2016. 
  3. ^ Apr 5, 2013. Cheryl Chow, educator and former city council member, passes away at 66 "nwasianweekly.com Northwest Asian Weekly.". Retrieved Nov 23, 2016. 
  4. ^ Alison Morrow (2013-03-29). "Obituary". Nwcn.com. Retrieved 2013-12-04. 
  5. ^ Apr 5, 2013. Cheryl Chow, educator and former city council member, passes away at 66 "nwasianweekly.com Northwest Asian Weekly.". Retrieved Nov 23, 2016. 
  6. ^ Apr 5, 2013. Cheryl Chow, educator and former city council member, passes away at 66 "nwasianweekly.com Northwest Asian Weekly.". Retrieved Nov 23, 2016. 
  7. ^ Apr 5, 2013. Cheryl Chow, educator and former city council member, passes away at 66 "nwasianweekly.com Northwest Asian Weekly.". Retrieved Nov 23, 2016. 
  8. ^ Cheryl Mayre Chow obituary, Seattle Times via legacy.com; accessed October 19, 2014.
  9. ^ Obituary, washelli.com; accessed October 19, 2014.