SEATTLE (AP) — William H. Gates II, a lawyer and philanthropist finest often known as the daddy of Microsoft co-founder Invoice Gates, has died at 94.

Gates died peacefully Monday at his seashore house in Washington state from Alzheimer’s illness, the household introduced Tuesday.

In an obituary the household credited the patriarch with a “deep dedication to social and financial fairness,” noting that he was chargeable for the Invoice & Melinda Gates Basis’s first efforts to enhance international well being in addition to his advocacy for progressive taxation, particularly unsuccessful efforts to cross a state revenue tax on the rich in Washington.

“My dad’s knowledge, generosity, empathy, and humility had an enormous affect on individuals world wide,” Invoice Gates wrote in a tribute.

Born in 1925, Gates Sr. grew up in Bremerton, Washington, the place his dad and mom owned a furnishings retailer. He joined the Military following his freshman yr on the College of Washington and was en path to Japan when it surrendered in 1945.

He served a yr in war-torn Tokyo earlier than returning to america and resuming his schooling, his household mentioned. After incomes his legislation diploma in 1950, he started working in non-public follow and as a part-time Bremerton metropolis lawyer.

He fashioned a Seattle legislation agency with two different companions that ultimately turned Preston Gates and Ellis — now often known as Ok & L Gates, one of many world’s largest legislation corporations. The agency was one of many first to work with the area’s know-how business.

Gates Sr. met his first spouse, Mary Maxwell, on the College of Washington. They’d two daughters and a son — Gates Jr. — and remained married till her loss of life in 1994. Two years later he married Mimi Gardner, then the director of the Seattle Artwork Museum, with whom he spent the final quarter-century of his life.

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Microsoft co-founder Invoice Gates and his girlfriend Jill Bonnett. 

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Microsoft president Invoice Gates demonstrates Microsoft’s Home windows 95 program from his vehicle previous to a press convention in Paris 04 September. Gates was additionally to satisfy 500 prime laptop executives as a part of his marketing campaign to launch the corporate’s new software program.

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Microsoft Chairman Invoice Gates visits an expo previewing Home windows XP October 24, 2001 in New York Metropolis. The Home windows XP working system goes on sale worldwide October 25.

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Microsoft chairman Invoice Gates testifies at Senate Judiciary Committee listening to into whether or not the Microsoft laptop empire is a monopoly that buries the competitors.

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Invoice Gates holds child lady Cecil Massango throughout his go to to the Manhica Well being Analysis Centre in Mozambique September 21, 2003. The Invoice and Melinda Gates Basis introduced three grants totalling 168 million {dollars} to struggle malaria, a illness that as a consequence of elevated drug resistance, is on the rise in Africa for the primary time in 20 years, killing a couple of million individuals yearly.

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Invoice Gates, Chairman and Chief Software program Architect at Microsoft, talks to reporters as Microsoft introduced the overall availability of the brand new Microsoft Workplace System, October 21, 2003 in New York Metropolis. “The brand new Workplace System is a significant leap ahead for data employees,” mentioned Gates, “It makes data work extra productive and extra worthwhile by providing progressive new methods to speak, to search out and share data, and to handle complicated initiatives.”

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Former US President Invoice Clinton, left, speaks as Invoice Gates, chairman, Microsoft Corp. appears to be like on throughout a session on the G-Eight and Africa through the World Financial Discussion board in Davos, Switzerland on January 27, 2005.

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Microsoft Chairman Invoice Gates delivers the keynote speech on the fourteenth RSA convention on the Moscone Middle February 15, 2005 in San Francisco, California. Gates spoke about web safety and new know-how that may acknowledge adware that may infiltrate a pc.

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Swatch CEO Nick Hayek and Microsoft CEO Invoice Gates attend a press convention for the launch of the brand new Swatch line ‘Paparazzi’ by Swatch and Microsoft on October 20, 2004 in New York Metropolis.

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Microsoft chairman and chief software program architect Invoice Gates smiles throughout a information convention in Madrid November 19, 2004. Gates signed a know-how settlement with the Madrid regional authorities.

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Microsoft Corp. Chairman Invoice Gates (L) shakes fingers with singer Justin Timberlake throughout his keynote handle on the Client Electronics Present in Las Vegas January 4, 2006. Gates took the wraps off its next-generation working system often known as Home windows Vista on Wednesday, displaying options geared toward positioning the software program large because the leisure hub for a way forward for digitally related properties.

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Invoice Gates attends the Director’s Brunch through the 2010 Sundance Movie Pageant a Sundance Resort on January 23, 2010 in Park Metropolis, Utah.

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Microsoft Corp co-founder Invoice Gates (L) interacts with a villager in Aulali village, in Khagaria district of the jap Indian state of Bihar, Could 12, 2010. Gates is on a day-long go to to the state.

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Invoice Gates, the coo-founder and former chief government of Microsoft, celebrates his 60th birthday. He was born on October 28, 1955. — In photograph: Invoice Gates throughout a press convention in Berlin, on January 29, 2013. 

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Microsoft founder Invoice Gates makes a speech after receiving the Millennium Bambi through the Bambi 2013 media awards ceremony in Berlin November 14, 2013. The annual Bambi awards honours celebrities from the world of leisure, literature, sports activities and politics.

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Billionaire philanthropist and Microsoft’s co-founder Invoice Gates delivers the 14th Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture on the eve of Mandela Day below the theme “Residing Collectively” in his lecture on the College of Pretoria, South Africa, July 17, 2016.

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Invoice Gates, the co-Founding father of the Microsoft firm and co-Founding father of the Invoice and Melinda Gates Basis makes an announcement after his assembly with French President Francois Hollande on the Elysee Presidential Palace on June 27, 2016 in Paris, France. Invoice Gates talked about in a brief assertion after his assembly with French President Francois Hollande that France was an incredible asset within the struggle towards AIDS.

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Billionaire Invoice Gates, co-founder of the Invoice & Melinda Gates Basis, middle, arrives at Trump Tower in New York, U.S., on Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2016. Exxon Mobil Corp. Chief Government Officer Rex Tillerson shall be nominated as President-elect Donald Trump’s secretary of state, establishing a possible affirmation battle with U.S. lawmakers who’ve questioned the oilman’s relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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U.S. President Barack Obama (R) presents the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Melinda and Invoice Gates throughout a ceremony within the White Home East Room in Washington, U.S., November 22, 2016.

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Chairman and Chief Software program Architect for Microsoft Company Invoice Gates delivers the opening keynote handle for the 2006 Worldwide Client Electronics Present (CES) on the Las Vegas Hilton. Gates supplied an outline of the newest units and outlined the corporate’s imaginative and prescient for the long run by previewing upcoming merchandise like Home windows Vista.

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Microsoft Chairman Invoice Gates (R) talks with Sen. Bernard Sanders (I-VT) (L) after testifying earlier than the Senate Well being, Training, Labor and Pensions Committee March 7, 2007 in Washington, DC. Gates referred to as for extra authorities spending in schooling and coaching, particularly in highschool math and science. He referred to as excessive faculties of their present type a barrier to success within the digital age.

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United States President George W. Bush, First Woman Laura Bush and daughter Barbara Bush and former Microsoft Chairman Invoice Gates attend the Nationwide Aquatics Middle on Day three of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Video games on August 11, 2008 in Beijing, China.

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Warren Buffett, Invoice Gates and Ludacris watch the USA Basketball Males’s Senior Nationwide Crew play towards the Canadian Nationwide Crew through the State Farm USA Basketball Problem on July 25, 2008 on the Thomas and Mack Middle in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Invoice Gates, Chairman of Microsoft speaks in Hong Kong on August 12, 2008. Gates was giving a speech at Microsoft Analysis Asia 10th Anniversary Innovation Discussion board.

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Invoice Gates and director Pablo Larcuen attend the Director’s Brunch through the 2010 Sundance Movie Pageant a Sundance Resort on January 23, 2010 in Park Metropolis, Utah.

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Invoice Gates excursions and interacts with college students within the engineering lab at Science Management Academy (SLA) previous to the 2010 Franklin Institute Awards held at The Franklin Institute on April 29, 2010 in Philadelphia Metropolis.

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Microsoft founder and philanthropist Invoice Gates (R) shakes fingers with France Finance and Financial system Minister Christine Lagarde as he leaves the Elysee Palalce in Paris on April 4, 2011, after a gathering with French President Nicolas Sarkozy. Gates is in go to to France for his basis’s Residing Proof Undertaking to spotlight successes of US-funded international well being initiatives.

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Microsoft founder and philanthropist Invoice Gates poses on April 4, 2011 in Paris, as a part of his marketing campaign ‘Residing Proof’ for the Invoice & Melinda Gates basis.

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Invoice Gates founding father of Microsoft and Bono, singer of U2 meet with President Francois Hollande of France on the Elys Palace to debate humanitarian initiatives to struggle poverty world wide and help financial improvement in poor nations.

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French President Francois Hollande (R) welcomes Invoice Gates, the co-Founding father of the Microsoft firm and co-Founding father of the Invoice and Melinda Gates Fondation, on the Elysee Presidential Palace, in Paris, France, on April 1, 2014.

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Invoice Gates, founding father of Microsoft and co-chairman of the Invoice and Melinda Gates Basis, addresses the Nationwide Board for Skilled Educating Requirements’ inaugural Educating and Studying Convention in Washington,DC on March 14, 2014.

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Pictured: (l-r) Invoice Gates throughout an interview with host Jimmy Fallon on January 21, 2015 

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Lin Manuel Miranda and Invoice Gates pose backstage on the hit musical ‘Hamilton’ on Broadway at The Richard Rogers Theater on October 11, 2015 in New York Metropolis.

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Invoice Gates, the co-Founding father of the Microsoft firm and co-Founding father of the Invoice and Melinda Gates Basis visits and speaks on the Solidays pageant on June 26, 2015 in Paris, France. Invoice Gates visited the 17th version of the Solidays music pageant, devoted to the struggle towards AIDS.

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Invoice Gates attends the official opening of the Barberini Museum on January 20, 2017 in Potsdam, Germany. The Barberini, patronized by billionaire Hasso Plattner, options works by Monet, Renoir and Caillebotte amongst others.

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Invoice Gates, billionaire and co-chair of the Invoice and Melinda Gates Basis, gestures as he speaks throughout a Bloomberg Tv interview through the World Financial Discussion board (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland, on Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017. World leaders, influential executives, bankers and coverage makers attend the 47th annual assembly of the World Financial Discussion board in Davos from Jan. 17 – 20.

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“Once I was a child, he wasn’t prescriptive or domineering, and but he by no means let me coast alongside at issues I used to be good at, and he all the time pushed me to strive issues I hated or didn’t suppose I may do (swimming and soccer, for instance),” Gates Jr. wrote within the tribute. “And he modeled a tremendous work ethic. He was one of many hardest-working and most revered legal professionals in Seattle, in addition to a significant civic chief in our area.”

That civic work included serving as a trustee of the Better Seattle Chamber of Commerce, Deliberate Parenthood and United Approach. He additionally served because the president of the state and native bar associations and within the management of the American Bar Affiliation, serving to create variety scholarships and selling authorized companies for the poor.

Gates Sr. was a towering determine by fame and in particular person — he stood 6-foot-7 (2 meters) tall — and his counsel was typically sought. Former Starbucks Chairman Howard Schultz has mentioned that when he was struggling to lift the cash to purchase the six-store espresso chain in 1987, Gates Sr. stepped in to rescue him from a rival purchaser — not solely by investing, however by personally taking Schultz to go to the rival, demanding as he loomed over the rival’s desk: “You’re going to stand down and this child goes to appreciate his dream. Do you perceive me?”

Gates retired from legislation in 1998 and took on distinguished roles with the Gates Basis, serving to launch its work in international well being.

The household mentioned that as a consequence of restrictions associated to the COVID-19 pandemic, a memorial service can be held later.