Paula Becker and Barron Brown, in memory of their son, Hunter, created the Hunter Maxwell Becker Brown Endowed Fund for Staff Recognition.
Hunter loved books and reading. As a young child discovering picture books at his parents’ side, he made the same request after every last page: “Read it again.” Hunter’s parents nurtured and encouraged his love of books.
Librarian Gayle Richardson’s weekly story hour at The Seattle Public Library’s Northeast branch deepened his literary curiosity. Astute booksellers Rene Kirkpatrick, Sue Nevins, and Chauni Haslet at his beloved childhood bookstore, All For Kids, shaped and supported Hunter’s reading taste as he grew.
Books, and the expansive services and staff throughout The Seattle Public Library system, gave Hunter respite and joy. In his brief quarter-century on this planet, Hunter’s voracious appetite for reading remained a constant. He was a true believer in the power of story to transport, to entice, to comfort, and to sustain.