Former Seattle council member Cheryl Chow dies at 66


SEATTLE - Former Seattle City Council member Cheryl Chow passed away Friday afternoon, said an official with city council. She was 66

Chow was a council member from 1990 to1997. 

Along with being a part of the city council, Chow was a former educator and advocate for children.

The city council released a statement on the passing of Chow:

"As a teacher, principal, coach, City Council member and School Board member, the Honorable Cheryl Chow worked tirelessly to improve the lives of children and families in Seattle.  As a Seattle City Council member from 1990-1997, Cheryl pushed hard for and won policies, programs and budgets that made Seattle a better place for the children she regarded as Seattle's future. She leaves a lasting legacy when it comes to youth enrichment programs, the city's rich network of community centers, and guided the transformation of the Coliseum into Key Arena. Cheryl served with intelligence, compassion and sharp wit. 

While colleagues (and sports opponents) knew her as a strong-willed competitor, Cheryl brought strong-willed competition to a whole new level in her fight against cancer. In her final role as a public advocate Cheryl's coming out made her a hero to many who never knew her work as a council member.  Cheryl's work as an advocate and her positive, competitive presence will be missed."

King County Executive Dow Constantine also released a statement:

“Cheryl was a courageous and caring person who will be deeply missed. I knew Cheryl as a School Board member, City Councilmember, Principal at our local school, and community leader who always worked to help others. Her legacy will have a positive impact on our region for many years to come, and my thoughts are with her family and friends tonight.”

Mayor Mike McGinn released a statement on the passing of former Council member Cheryl Chow:

"She loved the city's children and dedicated her life to them. Her legacy of caring will continue to inspire Seattle."

The Seattle City Council honored Chow with a proclamation on Sept. 17, 2012, declaring the day as Cheryl Chow Day in the city.