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November, 2003 Vol. 28 No. 3
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UH Foundation News

A portion of the work LONO by stained glass artist Erica Karawina Hsiao

Sidney and Erica Hsiao Endowed Chair

A gift for the future

Harvard-trained Sidney Hsiao joined the UH faculty in 1949. The conscientious and gentlemanly zoologist retired 1971 and passed away in 1989 at the age of 83. Erica Karawina Hsiao, internationally acclaimed stained glass artist, passed away last April at age 99.

The couple's legacies continue--his in human form in the scientists he mentored, hers as artwork in the Kalanimoku Hale state office building (section of Lono pictured above) and other locations across the country.

The Hsiaos' contributions continue in another way as well, through the Sidney and Erica Hsiao Endowed Chair in the College of Natural Sciences at UH Manoa. The chair will support a faculty position in marine biology, a field of particular interest to Sidney Hsiao.

The endowment will enhance Manoa's marine biology teaching and research capabilities, complementing the university's recently instituted undergraduate major in global environmental science. An international search is underway to select the chair's first occupant.

Whether they promote higher education, honor family members or mentors or encourage specific fields of study, endowed chairs provide important and lasting support for the University of Hawai'i.

The prestige and funding that accompanies UH's 23 privately endowed chairs help attract and reward faculty members of the highest quality. By forever linking the donor's name to the institution's growth and progress, such gifts create both a perpetual memorial and an enduring contribution that benefits generations to come.

The family of the late Dawes N. Hiu at the Legacy Path dedication

Pick a brick on the Legacy Path

The family of the late Dawes N. Hiu (PhD '59 Manoa) was among the 150 people who gathered in August to dedicate the Legacy Path at UH Manoa.

Celebrating the brick placed in his honor were his wife Leonora Hiu (BA '52 Manoa), daughter Brenda Shin (BBA '90 Manoa) and grandaughters Vanessa, 6, and Breanna, 2.

Dawes Hiu studied and worked in the chemistry department before joining the faculty at Chaminade University, where he served as vice president for academic affairs and president of the educational foundation.

The 500 legacy bricks placed to date proclaim UH alumni affiliation, honor parents, congratulate children, recognize special professors and exhort "Go 'Bows!" Bricks can still be purchased for Phase I of the project, which creates a plaza and pedestrian walkway from the Dole Street Gateway mauka past Krauss Hall.

Eventually, the path will extend to the Varney Circle fountain in front of the Queen Lili'uokalani Student Services Center. Cost of the bricks?$100 for the walkway, $200 for the Dole Street gateway or $300 for the legacy circle?is fully tax deductible and includes inscriptions of up to three lines of 16 spaces each.

As much as possible, accommodations are made for groups of people who want their bricks placed together. Opportunities also exist for class or corporate gifts.

For more information, call the UH Foundation Alumni Relations Office at (808)956-9743 or toll free at 1-866-UH ALUMN or e-mail