Paul Doney Raymond was an educator with a rap sheet. A lifelong agitator for social justice, Mr. Raymond marched for racial integration...

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Paul Doney Raymond was an educator with a rap sheet.

A lifelong agitator for social justice, Mr. Raymond marched for racial integration during the civil-rights movement. He worked for the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Southern Christian Leadership Conference and protested U.S. support for counterinsurgents in Latin America.

Mr. Raymond had skirmished with the police and had been jailed at least twice.

But he also helped to create The Northwest School, a well-known private school in Seattle where young people are urged to conduct themselves with “courtesy and common sense,” which happened to be Mr. Raymond’s own code for life.

“Paul’s philosophy is: ‘If you see something unjust, you fix it,’ ” said Ellen Taussig, his wife of 28 years, one of the school’s co-founders and its current head.

Mr. Raymond died May 10 of complications from an infection, just months after his retirement from the school, where he taught humanities. He was 75 and had diabetes and congestive heart failure.

Mr. Raymond was born Jan. 2, 1932, and grew up in Kansas during the Great Depression, the son of a struggling school principal and insurance salesman. He was a scrappy, independent boy who observed and absorbed the injustices that his black classmates endured. One of them was Earl Woods, whose son would be known as Tiger.

Those lessons about race fueled Mr. Raymond’s lifelong pursuit of social justice. During the 1960s, he created Project Open Future, a summer college-prep program for urban children in East Los Angeles and the Watts neighborhood.

He later moved to Washington to teach at Overlake School in Redmond. In 1978, he joined his wife and Mark Terry, another teacher, in launching The Northwest School on Seattle’s First Hill, as a place where dance, theater, visual arts and music got equal billing with math and reading. Mr. Raymond was the first director.

The founders wanted students to embrace learning and to become good environmental stewards.

Those principles still permeate the school, which has 463 students in grades six through 12. The school’s tuition includes lunches — to encourage students to eat together and to foster fellowship. And all students are required to help clean the school — bathrooms, corridors and even the buses.

“Neither Ellen nor I could have played the role he did in the founding of the school, especially those critical first five years,” said Terry, who now heads the science department.

“The school will continue as a living monument to his life.”

In addition to his wife, Mr. Raymond is survived by five children: John Raymond, of Ojai, Calif.; David Raymond, of Oakland, Calif.; Ani Raymond, of New York; Charles Raymond Katz, of Walnut Creek, Calif.; and Margaret Raymond Bailey, of Lake Oswego, Ore.; and a sister, Elizabeth Raymond Yapp, of Des Moines, Iowa.

A memorial celebration is set for 6-8 p.m. June 10 at Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Avenue, Seattle.

Donations may be made to The Northwest School, 1415 Summit Ave., Seattle, WA 98122, or to the School of the Americas Watch, P.O. Box 4566, Washington, D.C., 20017.

Kyung Song: 206-464-2423 or ksong@seattletimes.com