Obituary: Bobbie Dufault

Seattle fan Bobbie Dufault (b.1958) died in her sleep on September 14. Dufault was preparing to co-chair Sasquan, the 2015 Worldcon. Previously, she had chaired the 2005 NASFIC, CascadiaCon, and the 2012 Westercon, Conclusion. In 2012, she served as Programming Head for Chicon 7, the Worldcon. She was active in many aspects of Pacific Northwest fandom and worked on many bids to bring cons to the area. Dufault was married to fan Jerry Gieseke.

  1. Lorne Hill — September 16, 2013 @ 1:57 am

    Bobbie will be missed by all that knew her, She was one of the first people that I met at Norwescon. Bobbie love you and miss you.

  2. Helen Gbala — September 16, 2013 @ 10:26 am

    What a shock to hear of Bobbie’s death. My sympathy to her family and friends, especially in fandom.

  3. Lynn Gold — September 16, 2013 @ 7:45 pm

    Whisky Tango Foxtrot???!? This is horrible news! I had no idea there was anything wrong with Bobbie. Oddly enough, I was just thinking about her a few minutes ago, then I read this. She was the consummate fan — she’d help with anything, and she enjoyed everything.

    My condolences to her family.

  4. Lucy Stern — September 17, 2013 @ 4:02 pm

    Bobbie was instrumental in getting myself and Alison to the 2011 Westercon held in Seattle that year.
    She we be greatly missed buy us. RIP Bobbie. Our condolences to her family.

  5. Lynda Williams — September 28, 2013 @ 1:39 pm

    Bobbie was an organizer, friend and good person. All rare and valuable. Her enjoyment of the Okal Rel Saga series which I write and edit was an inspiration. I am putting that in the dedication for the tenth and final book in the series, Part 10: Unholy Science. Ack rel, Bobbie. Love to your friends and family. And the Okal Rel Universe will count you among our Watching Dead forever.