Timothy A. Dahl

Posted: Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Former Juneau resident Timothy A. Dahl died Oct. 14, 2008, in Seattle. He was 34.

He was born Sept. 13, 1974, in Juneau, to Craig E. Dahl and Kathy Dahl/Taylor. He graduated from Juneau-Douglas High School in 1993 and from Western Washington University with a Bachelor of Science in bio-chemistry in 1998.

He worked as a bioinformathetician at Nanostring Technologies in Seattle. He had been with Nanostring since its inception and was involved in the research and development of revolutionary technology that enables the identification and quantification of individual target molecules in a biological sample by attaching a color-coded fluorescent reporter to each molecule. This approach is similar to the concept of measuring inventory by scanning bar-codes except on a molecular level.

According to his family, he was an excellent photographer, who enjoyed the outdoors and was an independent thinker, known for his ability to argue a point with passion and complete dedication. The last two years, his focus was on being a great father to his daughter, they said.

His family, friends and coworkers will miss him tremendously and will all endeavor to honor his wishes that his daughter grow up being taught to question the things around her and to look beyond the easy answers. He would want her to explore and challenge the rules of our existence, they said.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, George and Ona McKee.

He is survived by his 2-year-old daughter, Bibi Appaline Brown; father, Craig Dahl and wife, Leslie; mother, Kathy Taylor; sister, Kristin Dahl and partner, Jake Gundersen; grandparents, Craig and Joan Dahl; step-brother, Jason Cameron; aunt, Jane Bohon and husband, Tom; and cousin, Keoki Dahl.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, at Shilshole Bay Beach Club in Seattle, Wash.

He loved the outdoors, spent hours on the beach in that very area, and one of his favorite pastimes of flying kites will be honored as part of the Celebration of Life. A remembrance gathering will be held in Juneau at a later date.

His remembrance Web site can be viewed at www.bonneywatson.com, and contributions in his memory can be made to the educational trust fund for Bibi Brown at Smith Barney, 3031 Clinton Drive, Juneau, AK 99801.

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