Junius Rochester was born and raised in Seattle, Washington. He graduated from Seattle’s Garfield High School; Whitman College; and Harvard Business School. He is married to Joanne Marie Elliott and is the father of three children.
Junius’s paternal grandparents were Pacific Northwest pioneers. Continuing the family legacy of history and heritage, he is a member of the Washington State Historical Society, the Oregon Historical Society, the Pacific Northwest Historians Guild (past president) and is the president of The Pioneer Association of the State of Washington. In 1995, he was given a Project Award by the Association of King County Historical Organizations and the King County Landmarks and Heritage Commission. In 2006, Junius received an Award of Merit from the American Association for State and Local History.
After a career in international business he turned to his favorite avocations: writing and historical research. He is the author of nine books and wrote a column in the Seattle Weekly (“Eminent Seattleites”). He has also written numerous articles and over 100 historical vignettes which for seven years he read weekly on KUOW-FM, Seattle’s N.P.R. outlet.
Among Junius’s books: The Last Electric Trolley, a Seattle neighborhood history; Roots and Branches, the religious heritage of the Pacific Northwest; Little St. Simons Island, a history of the Georgia Sea Islands; Seattle’s Best-Kept Secret, a history of The Lighthouse for the Blind; and SAS, Thirty Years over the Top, Scandinavian Airlines System Polar Flights, Seattle-Copenhagen, 1966-1996.