A United Nations relief minister, Marshall Plan supervisor and assistant secretary of state, Harlan Cleveland surprised Washington by becoming the University of Hawaiʻi’s eighth president in 1969.
Cleveland, who later served as the president of the World Academy of Art and Science, died May 30, 2008 in Virginia at age 90.
During his UH tenure, 1969–74, Cleveland appointed the first chancellors for UH Mānoa and UH Hilo campuses and oversaw establishment of Mānoa’s law and medical schools.
Two of his contemporaries in creation of the John A. Burns School of Medicine also passed away during summer 2008—inaugural Dean Terence Rogers, who extended physician training to underrepresented groups and underserved Pacific Island communities, on July 16 and former Associate Dean of Professional Affairs Robert Noyes, who helped design the Biomedical Sciences Building and establish a strong research focus in reproductive biology, on June 1.
The UH Mānoa campus lost several influential emeritus professors.
- E. Alison Kay died June 9, 2008, at age 79. A professor of zoology, she helped shape state regulations protecting ʻopihi from over-harvesting. As longtime chair of the Diamond Head Citizen’s Advisory Committee, she helped create a master plan for the preservation of Diamond Head and the crater. Born in ʻEleʻele, Kauaʻi, she attended Punahou School, Mills College and Cambridge University and earned her PhD from UH Mānoa in 1957. On staff at UH, she served as dean of graduate students, department chair and member of the Faculty Senate.
- Roger Alan Long died Apr. 30, 2007, in ʻEwa Beach at age 68. He retired in 2005 after serving as professor and chair of theatre and dance and associate dean of arts and humanities. Long earned his PhD from UH Mānoa in 1979 with expertise in Southeast Asian theatre. He directed and performed in many productions at UH’s Kennedy Theatre and the Mānoa Valley Theatre. Long so passionately believed in education, that he left his body to the John A. Burns School of Medicine.
- Richard E. Moore, a 36-year member of the chemistry faculty, died Dec. 11, 2007, at age 74. His identification of the deadly toxin in a Maui seaweed spurred development of natural products chemistry and led to his work identifying novel chemicals in blue-green algae that are potent anti-tumor agents.
- Ryoji Namba, 86, died Mar. 31, 2008. He was a veteran of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team and a long-time UH entomologist. Namba did extensive research on the insect vectors of plant diseases, becoming an expert on the role of aphids in the transmission of plant pathogenic viruses.
- Fred W. Riggs, died Feb. 9, 2008, at age 90. The political scientist was born in China to agricultural missionary parents, began college at Nanking University and earned a PhD from Columbia. He helped develop public administration in several Asian nations, receiving the Order of the White Elephant from the King of Thailand in 1983. He continued scholarly work long after retiring in 1987 and service through the Faculty Retirees Association.
- Russell Taussig, emeritus professor of finance, died June 7, 2008, at age 87. An expert on audit sampling and merger and acquisition models, he lectured globally and served as a consultant to New York Stock Exchange companies.
- Allen Roy Trubitt, 76, died May 25, 2008, in Honolulu. The music professor known for his signature green jacket received UH’s 1988 Presidential Citation for Excellence in Teaching. As a composer, he earned honors for An American Letter, a choral piece commemorating the American Bicentennial. He published Nine Studies for Trumpet in 2006, a decade after retiring and nearly 20 years after being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.