Arthur Pederson (89) passed away on Mercer Island under hospice care on Friday, October 8th 2021. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Linda Bird Pederson, and their sons Andrew (Jian) & Erik (Carol), grandchildren Hannah (Corey) and Drew (Talaina), great grandson Killian (H&C), brother Richard Pederson and numerous nieces and nephews.
Art was one of five children born to Ida and Richard Pederson. They were all raised on the family farm near Minot, North Dakota, attending a one room schoolhouse until high school. Art came to the University of Washington for college, earning a B.S. in Electrical Engineering with top honors. It was as Song Leaders for their fraternity and sorority that Art and Linda met. He later earned an MBA and a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the UW. Art spent 2 years at Boeing before taking a job with the UW’s Applied Physics Lab (APL) supporting oceanographic research. He spent 25 years at APL and during that time patented two scientific instruments. When Art retired from APL, he received the University’s blessing to take the patents with him. Art founded a successful company, Sea-Bird Electronics. Art remained proud of the company’s continuing success.
In his free time Art was an avid outdoorsman, traveling all over the globe to trek, hike, and mountain climb. He visited Nepal, Patagonia, Machu Picchu, and summited Mt Rainier, Mt Fuji, and Mt Kilimanjaro. Together with Linda he traveled numerous places in Europe, Asia, Africa and the United States. Closer to home, he enjoyed golf, snow and water skiing, and hiking.
Art is remembered as a man who approached life with calm, honesty, integrity, and a wry sense of humor. He was a mentor to many and his wisdom and guidance extended beyond the company he founded. His legacy includes establishing an ongoing Engineering Scholarship at the University of Washington.
No public service will be held. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the charity of your choice in his honor.