Category Archives: Obituary

Julidta Tarver

Members of the UW Press community will be saddened to learn of the death of Julidta Tarver, longtime editor at the University of Washington Press.

Lita began working at the press as a graduate student in classics in 1966 and became managing editor in the mid-seventies as well as an acquiring editor before retiring in 2007. Her acquisitions focused on Western and Pacific Northwest history and environmental history, as she served as the in-house editor of our Weyerhaeuser Environmental Books series. Lita was beloved by all who worked with her for her gracious manner, good humor, and hospitality, as well as her editorial expertise and broad, cross-disciplinary knowledge. The Pacific Northwest Historians Guild, in recognizing the press’s contributions to the field, praised Lita as the person who most personified the press’s mission in regional publishing, noting that for decades, “most of the press publications dealing with our region passed through her hands in one way or another.” In retirement, she enjoyed freelance editing and traveling to represent publishers at conferences.

Please see Lita’s obituary for more about her life and a recording of her memorial event.

Marilyn Trueblood

Members of the UW Press community will be saddened to learn of the death of Marilyn Trueblood, who retired from the press in 2013. Marilyn passed away on January 25 after a brief battle with leukemia.

Over nearly four decades at UWP, Marilyn advanced through several editorial roles to become managing editor. Her training as an anthropologist, commitment to social justice, and broad interest in the arts and humanities informed both her intellectual engagement with the many books she handled and her personal relations with authors. Marilyn always did the right thing—whether it was going the extra mile to polish a manuscript, helping a colleague, or supporting a humanitarian cause. Her warmth and generosity inspired camaraderie across departments, and she was beloved by authors, with many of whom she maintained lifelong friendships. Marilyn’s grace, kindness, and spirit will be fondly remembered by all who knew her.

A Seattle Times obituary provides details about Marilyn’s rich and productive life. She is survived by her husband, former UWP director Pat Soden.

Marilyn Trueblood