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Wednesday, May 20, 1998 - Page updated at 12:00 AM

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Virginia Iverson, 69, Known For Her Warm Heart

Seattle Times Staff Reporter

Virginia Iverson - "Dindy" to her friends - is remembered for her warm heart.

She'd often adopt and care for the retired dogs from the Pacific Northwest Research Foundation, where she worked for more than 25 years and was a trustee.

"She was ready to rescue every single one of them," said Ethel Hopkins, her friend of 46 years.

Ms. Iverson, a Seattle native, died Friday (May 15) of breast cancer. She was 69.

"She had such a spirit to her - an amazing woman," Hopkins said. "She was ill for so many years, but had so many accomplishments."

Ms. Iverson, who most recently resided in Seattle's Madison Park area, was involved with the formation and development of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. She worked as the administrative assistant to Dr. William Hutchinson, founder of the center.

"They were a wonderful team," Hopkins said, referring to Ms. Iverson and Hutchinson.

"She did so much for the institution - she made donations, contributions and wrote grants," added John Leggate, a friend of Ms. Iverson.

Known for her sense of humor, Ms. Iverson loved swimming and traveling. She was a member of the Seattle Tennis Club, Seattle Yacht Club and the Sunset Club.

Ms. Iverson attended Forest Ridge Convent and graduated from Helen Bush School in Seattle. She attended Mount Vernon College in Washington, D.C., and the University of Washington.

Services will be held tomorrow at 11:30 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 732 18th Ave. E., Seattle.

Donations may be sent to the Helen Taylor Bush Guild, which Ms. Iverson helped to develop, at Children's Hospital & Regional Medical Center, P.O. Box 5371 CL04, Seattle, WA 98105.

Tamra Fitzpatrick's phone message number is 206-464-8981. Her e-mail address is: tfit-new@seatimes.com

Copyright (c) 1998 Seattle Times Company, All Rights Reserved.

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