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Ralph Munro
Best known forSecretary of State

  Born1943, Seattle, King County, Washington, USA
  EducationWestern Washington University, B.A. (1966), in education and political science.
  MarriagesKaren Lee Munro 02/17/1973, Olympia, Thurston County, Washington, USA
  ChildrenGeorge Munro.


  • Industrial Engineer. Boeing. 1966-1968.
  • Volunteer Coordinator. Washington State. 1969. Governor Dan Evans appointed Munro as the first Volunteer Coordinator of Washington State.
  • Advisor. White House. 1970. Helped formulate the federal agency ACTION, the "Federal Domestic Volunteer Agency".
  • Special Assistant. Washington State. 1972-1976. Special Assistant on education and social-service issues, enlisted by Governor Dan Evans.
  • Secretary of State. Republican, Washington. 1981 - 2001. 20 year(s).
  • Member. Western Washington University Board of Trustees. 10/01/2009 - 09/30/2015. Appointed by Governor Chris Gregoire.
  • Association of Washington Business C. David Gordon Award for outstanding civic achievement (2008).
  • Order of Civil Merit awarded by King Juan Carlos of Spain.
  • Order of Friendship awarded by Boris Yeltsin, former president of the Russian Federation.
  • League of Women Voters Executive Leadership Award.
  • Warren G. Magnuson Award.
  • Rotary International Board of Directors Service Above Self Award (2006).
  • Puget Sound Energy Poineer Award (2008).
  • Seattle Biomedical Research Institute Advancing Global Health Award (2006).
  • World Affairs Council World Citizen Award (1998).
Affiliations:Co-Chairman, Washington State Centennial Committee, 1989
Co-Founder, Orca Conservancy, 1996
Director, Action for Retarded Children
Founder, Bald Eagle Preserve on Skagit River
Member, Advisory Committee on Volunteer Programs
Member, Board of Directors/Board of Trustees, Serves on corporate and non-profit Boards of Directors, including Prepared Response, Sunstream Boat Lifts, Thurston First Bank of Puget Sound, Panorama Retirement Center, Squaxin Island Tribal Museum and HistoryLink.
Past President, Seattle Rotary Club #4
President, National Association of Secretaries of State, 1990-1991
Notes:Munro remains active in election reform and international trade issues. He continues to advocate for wildlife end environmental causes in the Puget Sound and champion causes that support people with disabilities.



The Seattle Times, December 29, 2000:"Ralph Munro leaving a career carved in stone"; Governor's news release, September 25, 2009:"Gov. Gregoire appoints Ralph Munro to WWU board of trustees"; WWU Board of Trustees: Ralph Munro Bio;Washington Digital Archives, Marriage Records; Association of Washington Business, Weekly Fast Facts, 2008:"Ralph Munro to receive AWB's C. David Gordon Award"; Puget Sound Energy, press release June 3, 2008:"PSE recognizes KAren and Ralph with 2008 Pioneer Award";