Robert S. Macfarlane Fund

Gifts & Funds

Robert Stetson Macfarlane, a 1922 graduate of the School of Law, is remembered for his extraordinary professional and community accomplishments in Seattle and King County.

During his career he served as a superior court judge and president of the Northern Pacific Railway. He was considered the major architect of the complicated transactions that merged four railroads, including the Northern Pacific, into the Burlington Northern in 1969.

He served as the director of several companies, including the American Smelting and Refining Co., Northern States Power Co., the St. Paul Companies, and the Pacific National Bank of Seattle. He also served for 17 years as a member of the Seattle School Board.

A staunch supporter of the University of Washington, he was named Distinguished Alumnus of the Year in 1953. His family and the Burlington Northern established the Macfarlane Fund to recognize his affection for the Law School and his lifelong respect for scholarship and the law.

When William H. Gates Hall was built, the family designated part of the Fund for the building. The Macfarlane Lounge (Room 447) honors Mr. Macfarlane and features his portrait.

See Dean George Schatzki, The Robert S. Macfarlane Family Establishes Memorial Library Fund, Condon Current and Annual Giving Report, 1982-83, at 7.

See also the Gallagher Macfarlane Transportation Collection Guide.

mw, updated Feb. 10, 2009

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