SEATTLE -- The mother of Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen has died at age 90.
Faye Allen was a former Seattle schoolteacher who championed public libraries and public education through the family's charitable foundation. According to a statement from Paul Allen's company, Vulcan Inc., she died Saturday of complications from Alzheimer's disease.
Paul Allen says his mother's love of reading ignited his interest in technology and science after she gave him a book about steam engines.
Her daughter, Jody, is CEO of Vulcan Inc. Her late husband, Kenneth S. Allen, was the longtime associate director of the University of Washington library system.
Mrs. Allen taught fourth grade for many years and her family says former students used to stop her on the street to thank her for giving them a love of reading.