Mary Willix

Independent Historian

Mary Willix is a writer and semi-retired language professor who taught at Trinity College, Mesa College, UCSD Extension, North Seattle Community College and elsewhere. She is the author of Jimi Hendrix, Voices from Home (1996, Creative Forces Publishing), Clear & Simple Spanish (Simon & Schuster) and numerous newspaper, journal and magazine articles. Mary graduated from Seattle¹s Garfield High in 1961, studied at the University of Madrid, earned a B.A. from the University of Washington, an M.A. from the University of Vermont and did further graduate work at Middlebury College, the University of Washington and University of California, San Diego. Her current book project, Remembering Ralph Hayes, recalls the life of her remarkable high school history teacher.

Ralph Hayes (1922-1999)

Ralph Hayes grew up poor in rural, segregated Cairo, Illinois, the fourth of twelve children. He studied journalism at Northwestern University and then transferred to the University of Washington, where he earned his B.A. and M.A. degrees in political science. In 1950 he married Elaine … Read MoreRalph Hayes (1922-1999)