Office of the President

August 28, 2016

With Bob Santos’ passing, we’ve lost a giant

Ana Mari Cauce

I had the opportunity to first get to know Bob Santos – known as “Uncle Bob” to so many he advocated for – when I chaired the UW’s Department of American Ethnic Studies. It was a tough time for the department, and our first meeting was marked by mutual skepticism. But it ended with mutual respect. Integrity and valor are the two words that first come to mind when I think of him. Through Bob’s leadership, advocacy and mentorship, the cause of civil rights and social justice has been advanced, and the lives of countless members of our community, especially Asian Pacific Islanders, have been improved.

We’ve truly lost a giant.


Seattle Times remembrance: ‘Uncle Bob’ Santos, legendary civil-rights activist, dies at 82