SEATTLE — Dorothy Stimson Bullitt, grande dame of Pacific Northwest television, whose pioneer broadcasting investments helped make her one of the richest women in America, died Tuesday of heart failure at her home here.
The founder of the KING Broadcasting Co. was 97.
Mrs. Bullitt, heir to a real estate fortune, was a leading figure in Seattle's business and cultural life for more than 50 years.
Widowed in 1932, she reared three children alone and took over the Bullitt family business.
In 1947, she founded King Broadcasting, purchased a local AM and FM radio station, KEVR, and changed the call letters to KING, after King County.
Her company today is one of the largest privately held communications firms in the West. The company includes television and radio stations in Spokane, Wash.; Portland, Ore.; San Francisco; Honolulu, and Boise and Twin Falls, Ida., a video cable company and other related enterprises.