The Whiteley Center marks its 20th Anniversary in 2020!

We welcome you in celebrating this important milestone and in honoring Helen Riaboff Whiteley and Arthur Whiteley.

When Arthur founded the Helen Riaboff Whiteley Center in Helen’s memory, he led with a determined vision.  He wanted to offer a retreat, a phrontistery, located at Friday Harbor Labs that benefitted “scholars” from all fields.

As the summer of 2020 arrived, we knew we couldn’t possibly gather together in person to celebrate so we reached out to past Whiteley Scholars asking them to share their individual Whiteley scholar experiences with us.  What we heard back was amazing!  We invite you to visit our Whiteley Center Retrospective.

We are also extremely grateful for the many donations we have received in conjunction with the anniversary.  If you are interested in making an anniversary contribution, please contact Rachel Anderson at or make a gift online.

And last but not least, we wish to extend a very special thank you to Kathy Cowell, our Whiteley Center Coordinator.  She has done an amazing job of caring for the Center itself and for each and every scholar who has visited.

Here’s to 20 incredibly successful years!  We thank you, Arthur!

A Retreat for Scholarly and Creative Activities

The Helen Riaboff Whiteley Center (HRWC) provides a refuge for established scholars and artists to study, write, create, and interact in a peaceful and quiet environment. It is located at the University of Washington’s (UW) Friday Harbor Laboratories (FHL), a marine science research and education center north of Puget Sound, Washington. Scholars at the HRWC can work in quiet isolation, and also take advantage of opportunities to meet with other HRWC scholars and with scientists working at FHL.

The HRWC has been funded by the Helen R. Whiteley Foundation. The Foundation has worked with UW to provide a place for scholars as they carry out their creative work in the way that FHL served Helen Whiteley in her career. The HRWC is both a tribute to the faculty of UW and an encouragement for scholars of all disciplines and from all places to perform their work in this inspirational setting.

The HRWC is administered by a committee of faculty members largely drawn from various departments of UW faculty.

Intended Uses of the Helen Riaboff Whiteley Center

The HRWC offers a serene and comfortable environment for scholarly work and creative activity. Scholars can work in solitude or in small teams of collaborators, and interact with other HRWC visitors or scientists working at FHL. The Center welcomes applications from scholars or artists of any discipline, whether independent or associated with a university or scholarly institute, locally or abroad.

The mission of the HRWC is to support the completion or significant advancement of well-defined projects. Applicants are expected to outline specific scholarly or artistic goals to be accomplished during their visits. Visits range from a few days to three months. The HRWC is not intended to be a place for the accumulation of new data, for committee or administrative work, or for loosely-defined departmental retreats. It is a phrontistery — a space for study and thinking.








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