Foundation Mourns Passing and Celebrates Life of Trudy Stack
Longtime friend of the Arboretum Trudy Stack passed away on May 19 at the age of 96. For many years, Trudy was a member of Laurelhurst-based volunteer Unit 45 and helped organize fundraising activities for the Arboretum through that unit. With her husband of 70 years, Harold, she also donated generously to the Foundation. Their gifts included a very significant donation to our endowment in 2011 to help maintain the new Pacific Connections Garden, as well as for general care of the Arboretum collections.
Trudy supported many local organizations besides the Arboretum, including the Volunteer Park Conservancy, Seattle Symphony, and Woodland Park Zoo. She and Harold were also very proud of the scholarship program they funded for Roosevelt and Garfield High School students.
“I loved getting to know Trudy,” says Foundation executive director Paige Miller. “She was full of spunk, excited about life, and engaged with the world. Her daughter, Nancy Mack, said that Trudy was her generation’s Facebook, always connecting people. And she loved the Arboretum! She went walking here on Mother’s Day, just a week before she died, aged 96.”
Trudy is survived by Harold, their four children, Sally Lehmann, Nancy Mack, Robert Stack, and Katie Stack, as well as six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Trudy’s family named the Arboretum Foundation and Volunteer Park Conservatory as places to make gifts in her honor.