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Ellen Kuo

Ellen Kuo

Director, Major Gifts, Swedish Medical Center Foundation

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Ted Ormbrek – An Extraordinary Volunteer and Gentleman

Mr. Ted Ormbrek doesn’t require much to be happy. “All I need is my church and my work,” he claims, smiling. Spend any time with him, and you’ll have no doubt that it’s true.

Mr. Ormbrek is the rare kind of gentleman whose work and life achievements immediately humble you.

Born in 1925 in Woodinville, WA, Mr. Ormbrek and his siblings were raised by their widowed Norwegian grandmother in Ballard. He attended Ballard High School, fought in WWII from ’43-’46 and, under the GI Bill, received a free education at University of WA School of Engineering. He married his sweetheart in 1951, raised three children, retired at the age of 60 as a senior engineer for the city, and all the while shared his passion and talent with the community by singing in the choir of his Presbyterian Church.

But he nearly lost everything he’d worked for in life, due to one devastating secret.

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