Pacific Science Center


In Memory Of Mona Bailey

Mona BaileyWe remember, honor, and express deep gratitude for Mona Bailey, Director Emerita, longtime supporter, volunteer, and pillar of the Pacific Science Center community. She passed away on January 12, 2018.

Mona first joined the Board of Directors of Pacific Science Center in 1975. She served several terms totaling more than 15 years. Her leadership roles included serving as Chair of the Science Center’s Science Education Advisory Committee.

Mona had tremendous impact at the Science Center. She was a champion of K-12 STEM education and a tireless advocate for our work to expand access and to serve students and families across the entire state of Washington. The Seattle Alumnae Chapter of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority holds an annual Mona H. Bailey STEM Day at Pacific Science Center, providing local third-grade students with a special day including interactive programming that integrates science, technology, engineering, and math concepts and skills.

Current and former members of the Board of Directors offered tributes to Mona:

“A mentor and a friend, she stood strong in her beliefs. She persisted. She loved Pacific Science Center and I am honored to have served with her,” said Adriane Brown, Board Chair.

“I join the chorus of those whose heart is broken, and whose life was made better by knowing Mona Humphries Bailey,” said Nate Miles, Director. “She has had such an impact on me, my family and my community.”

John Warner, Director Emeritus, said, “Mona and I worked together for a long time. She kept me on track often. I will miss her, but more than our work together, it’s who she was. Her degree of commitment to the success of all of us was extraordinary.”

“We have lost a terrific and gracious role model. I will always remember her quiet and patient manner and her empathy for those we were lifting from their difficult circumstances to become aware of their own potential! She touched many lives including mine,” said Jim Warjone, Director Emeritus.

Will Daugherty, President & CEO, reflected on Mona’s impact. “I am terribly saddened by Mona’s loss and deeply grateful for the opportunity to work with and learn from her. All of us at the Science Center offer our sincere condolences to her family and many friends. Mona’s expertise in K-12 education along with her passion were energizing and inspiring. Mona always listened to all points of view before providing wise counsel. She always encouraged us to aim high and to accept nothing short of excellence. She was insistent in a remarkably graceful way. She was completely devoted to serving others. Along with many others, I am a better leader and community servant because of Mona.”