Washoe has died. She was 42; just a few months older than me. Having attended and graduated from Central Washington University, I, of course, new all about Washoe, the hand-signing chimp - she was totally famous on campus. Through her and the work of Dr. Roger Fouts, we were able to learn so much about chimpanzees, as well as learning a lot about ourselves.
Rest in peace, Washoe. And thank you.