Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Bill Gates Sr., father of Microsoft co-founder, dies at 94

William H. Gates II, a lawyer and philanthropist best known as the father of Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, has died at 94.
.Gates died peacefully Monday at his beach home in Washington state from Alzheimer's disease, the family announced Tuesday.

Born in 1925, Gates Sr. grew up in Bremerton, Washington, where his parents owned a furniture store. He joined the Army following his freshman year at the University of Washington and was en route to Japan when it surrendered in 1945.
 He served a year in war-torn Tokyo before returning to the United States and resuming his education, his family said. After earning his law degree in 1950, he began working in private practice and as a part-time Bremerton city attorney.
He formed a Seattle law firm with two other partners that eventually became Preston Gates and Ellis — now known as K & L Gates, one of the world's largest law firms. The firm was one of the first to work with the region's technology industry.
Gates retired from law in 1998 and took on prominent roles with the Gates Foundation, helping launch its work in global health.
The family said that due to restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic, a memorial service would be held later.

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