date of birth August 1 1943
date of death April 4 2013
Julie Kawabata died at her home in Tigard, on April 4, 2013, after a battle with breast cancer.
A lifelong resident of the Pacific Northwest, Julie was born in Portland, the only child of Raymond (deceased) and Diane Aungst. She spent her childhood in Richland WA, returning to Portland after graduating from Willamette University with a Liberal Arts degree. She later earned a Master’s Degree in Library Science from the University of Portland.
She worked as a special librarian for over 20 years, first for Tektronix, Inc., then for Tri-Met, Portland’s transit agency, opening its first technical library. After leaving Tri-Met in 1990, she worked independently, indexing over 850 books by many well-known authors including John McPhee and Rick Steves, and for such publishers as Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Random House, John Wiley & Sons, and Microsoft. The subjects of these books were wide-ranging and usually complex and will continue to be read by many. In 1994, Pacific Northwest journalist Brent Walth hired Julie to index his biography of Oregon’s Governor Tom McCall,“Fire at Eden’s Gate.” More recently, she indexed Robert K. Massie’s mammoth biography “Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman.”
Past member of the Special Libraries Association, she co-authored the “Directory of Special Libraries in Oregon and Southwest Washington” in 1978. She was a charter member of the PNW chapter of American Society of Indexers, as well as Volunteer Recognition 2004-2006, Officer 2003, Volunteer Recognition 2002,
A true Portlander, she lived in several parts of the city until moving to the Tigard area in the late 1990’s.
Recently, in addition to her indexing work, she volunteered regularly as the Librarian for vintageTek, a museum of vintage Tektronix equipment and memorabilia. She organized historical records as well as indexing the book “Winning with People: The First 40 Years of Tektronix” by Marshall Lee.
Julie was passionate about words, with a love of reading, editing, libraries and books themselves. She was instrumental in founding the Summerwood Townhomes Book Discussion Group which has met regularly since 2000.
Also an avid traveler, she visited Turkey and Istanbul, and most recently Brussels and France. A self-dedicated family genealogist; she diligently researched and compiled family tree records. She loved good coffee and sharing a story with her friends or family.
She leaves behind her son Jamie, Dallas TX; mother Diane Aungst, Richland WA; cousins Susan Hayden, Portland and Sally Dewey, Arlington, VA; former husband Fred Kawabata, Beaverton; dear friends Lois White, Anne Marie Claire, Pat Taylor and John Beaston, Portland. We will miss her laugh and gentle, better nature and the spirit she brought to living each day.
There will be a Celebration of Life on Saturday, April 27, 2013 from 3-6 PM at Metzger Park Hall near Tigard,Oregon. A private memorial service was held April 10, 2013.
18 tribute candles have been lit
Candle lit by Staff at Crown Memorial Center Our sincere condolences.
Candle lit by Gary Goncher Julie, you were an inspiration to all of us.
Candle lit by Susan Hayden Julie was my 'big sister' all my life. (Her full tribute page will be up here soon).
Candle lit by Edward B Sinclair Julie - Your Tek friends far and wide will miss you.
Candle lit by Kari Kells My condolences to Julie's loved ones. I first met Julie in 1994 and she remained a constant support in my professional life (as an indexer) for many years. She was a vibrant, joyful, witty person who will certainly be missed by many people.
Candle lit by Maria Sosnowski Julie was so encouraging when I was starting out in indexing, generous with her time and her experience. My condolences to her family and friends - she was a bright light.
Candle lit by It is so sad to hear this about Julie. She did a lot of indexes for me, always splendidly done and on time. We first worked together when I ran the Oregon Historical Society press and was, to the staff of that publishing house, a person who provided great relief. Great relief because it takes a special person and a special mind, with a great sense of purpose and care to produce a first-rate index, and few who worked for me had that kind of focus. I used to joke to young editors to never admit that you know how to make an index, because then you will be asked to do so. Julie just knew how and loved doing them. During my freelance years in Portland, and after moving to Santa Fe, Julie was always THE choice when it came to doing that final task required of any non-fiction work. It is the task that, when done well, contributes a deep usefulness to the final published book. I have not seen Julie for many years, but our long-distance association was always bright and cordial and, without exception, professional. She leaves a legacy of great work that will survive her as persons continue to turn to the many books she enhanced, obtaining information from them by turning to those pages that were her gifted responsibility. I will miss her. Julie needs to come back to index those tributes. That listing is another of her remarkable legacies. Bruce Taylor Hamilton Portland and Santa Fe
Candle lit by Louise Martin Julie was my first (reluctant) mentor as an indexer. She had me re-index "Take Your Time" by Eknath Easwaran (one of her spiritual mentors), which is a book about finding balance in a hurried world. The book led to many insights for me (beyond indexing) and I suspect Julie knew that it would. Her generous and kind spirit will live on in some form. Thank you, Julie, for being a friend and adviser when I needed one.
Candle lit by Chris Ambrose As an editor, I had the pleasure of working with Julie on three books, along with Bruce Hamilton who has already lit a candle. I echo his remarks. Julie was a quintessential professional with added value - warmth and kindness, good humor, and an inner peace that was contagious and would instantly defuse any tension. In a deadline driven world, this was a an unbeatable combination. She was truly remarkable and will be greatly missed.
Candle lit by Lucie Haskins I "met" Julie when we both worked as freelance indexers for Microsoft Press indexing projects... and helped each other out with figuring out how to navigate the MS directories online and working through MS guidelines. When I met her in person at a later, I was instantly charmed by her unassuming but funny demeanor. Such a generous and sharing person. She will be greatly missed.
Candle lit by Jan Wright Julie was such a pleasure to know and spend time with. She mentored me through the start of my indexing business, and was so cheerful as I asked innumerable questions. She was a treasure.
Candle lit by Carolyn Weaver Julie was a light to all in the indexing community who knew her. We've lost her too soon. And she will be sorely missed.
Candle lit by Cindy Romaie Julie, You were an inspiration to my career in Special Libraries--and beyond.
Candle lit by Julianne Williams I followed Julie as Librarian at Tek. We joked that I was hired so our boss wouldn't have to learn a new name. As all her friends know, her generosity of time and spirit were wonderful. What a loss.
Candle lit by Victoria Agee I really enjoyed Julie-- always a bright smile. I was one of those friends and colleagues from the indexing community and she will be missed. Did not know she was fighting a battle with cancer, but know she did that with grace and dignity. We shall miss her.
Candle lit by Lois White Julie & I met when we were in grade school and remained best friends until her passing. We both were only children and truly believed we were sisters in every true sense. She & I shared all of life's wonderful moments as well as sadness. I will miss my daily/weekly phone calls and get togethers. I will miss her deeply.
Candle lit by Michelle Hamil Julie and I traveled to Turkey together in the early 90's with a Rick Steve's trip. Strangers at the beginning of the trip, Julie was part of that special, lively group of folks who communicate with each other to this day. Her quiet and friendly demeanor, and intelligence naturally drew you into friendship. What a special lady! I am so glad to have known her.
Candle lit by Madhu Prasher I will miss working with Julie. I am honored to have done so.