Born and raised in Walla Walla, Eric lived most of his adult life in Seattle and died here after a short illness on March 10, 2013.
He is survived by his sister, LL Nunn; brothers, Mike and Tom; sisters-in-law, Barbara and Jonlee; nieces, Wendy, LZ, and Olivia; nephew, Chris; plus grandnieces and grandnephews.
He attended schools in Walla Walla and worked summers on the family wheat farm. Upon graduation Eric entered the University of Washington, where he earned a B.A. in sociology. After three years service in Germany in Army Intelligence, he returned to the University of Washington, where he received a masters in education.
Eric started his own business as an academic researcher before working as teacher’s assistant in the Seattle Public Schools. He went on to earn his teaching certificate and organized a computer lab and taught third grade. As an avid book collector he became acquainted with the myriad of used book stores in the Seattle area. He compiled and published a guide to bookstores throughout the area titled, “Books, Books, Everywhere,” when that was still true.
After he retired, he began working on a vocabulary-building database filled with illustrations from literature for people preparing to take the Graduate Record Exam.
Among family and friends Eric was known for both his gentle humor and love of word play. His nieces and nephew have many fond memories of Eric as they were growing up. As much as he loved to play and teach and joke with them, he was also very sensitive to their well-being. On a trip back to Germany recently he wrote that he thought of himself as a protector of children.
Eric journeyed through life in the pursuit of knowledge. Heavily read in the subjects of philosophy, science, the arts, history and literature, Eric loved to share his wealth of knowledge with anyone who cared to engage him in a conversation but he always did so with the art and skill of a master educator and always with a bit of wit and a deep sense of humility.
A memorial/celebration of life is planned for 2 p.m. Saturday, June 29, 2013, at the Edmonds Conference Center, 201 4th Ave. N., Edmonds, Wash.