Junius Rochester, a lifelong resident of Seattle, is a historian with special expertise in the Pacific Northwest. He earned a B.A. from Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington and took graduate courses at the University of Washington, Seattle, and American University, Washington, D.C. and is a graduate of Harvard Business School, Boston.
He is the author of seven books: The Last Electric Trolley, a Seattle history; Seattle’s Best-Kept Secret, a history of the Lighthouse for the Blind; Lakelure: A Tale of Medina, Washington, history of a city; Roots and Branches, the religious heritage of the Pacific Northwest; Thirty Years Over the Top, a history of Scandinavian Airlines System’s polar flights, Seattle-Copenhagen, 1966-1996; Little St. Simons Island on the Coast of Georgia, an informal portrait of the Georgia Barrier Islands; and Charles P. Berolzheimer: Teacher, Linguist, Traveler, Scientist, about the California forest products industry through the life of one its pioneers.
Junius has written hundreds of articles for regional and national publications and for seven years was Regional Historian at KUOW-FM, the Pacific Northwest’s National Public Radio affiliate. Many of his historical essays can be found on HistoryLink.org, an Internet encyclopedia where he has acted as senior editor and writer for twelve years. In 1995, Junius was given a Project Award by the Association of King County (Seattle) Historical Organizations and the King County Landmarks and Heritage Commission. In 2006, he received an Award of Merit from the American Association for State and Local History (AASLH).