Convention organizer and fan Bobbie DuFault, 55, died unexpectedly on September 14, 2013. DuFault was a leading figure in Pacific Northwest fandom, and was recently announced as the co-chair of Sasquan, the 2015 Worldcon, to be held in Spokane WA.
DuFault became active in fandom in 1981, attending Seattle-area conventions and volunteering to record video. She worked on more than 150 conventions, serving as chair of Cascadiacon (the 2005 NASFic) and Westercon 2011, and as head of programming for the 2012 Worldcon, Chicon 7. She also chaired Rustycon and C-Cubed many time and was a member of Oregon Science Fiction Conventions Inc., the Seattle Westercon Organizing Committee, the Northwest Science Fiction Society, NW Club League (which she co-chaired from 1995-98), and NW Con League. She was fan guest of honor at Baycon in 2011, and helped run the Reading for the Future program, which promoted the use of SF/fantasy in classrooms, serving on the board of trustees and maintaining their website, www.readingforfuture.com.
Barbara D. DuFault was born January 6, 1958. She worked as a writer/editor and content manager, and lived in Gold Bar WA with her husband and fellow convention organizer Jerry Gieseke, their children, and their grandson.