Obituaries: Mālamalama honors late faculty

April 20th, 2010  |  by  |  Published in Campus News  |  1 Comment

The University of Hawaiʻi offers condolences on the recent passing of memorable faculty members.

Julia Leung


Julia Leung, former assistant director of scientific administration at the Cancer Research Center of Hawaiʻi, died Mar. 2, 2010, on the Big Island. Born in Hong Kong, she grew up in California, worked with Scripps Institute, Genetech and Eli Lilly and retired from Hawaiʻi Biotech. She was an avid scuba diver, photographer and Nature Conservancy supporter.

Ira Lichton, emeritus professor of food science and human nutrition, died Mar. 10, 2010 at age 81. He joined the Mānoa faculty in 1962 and served on the Faculty Retirees Association. He evaluated nutrient content of new military rations and researched the health implications of Japanese diets consumed in Hawaiʻi.

Seymour Lutzky, longtime UH Mānoa professor and chair of American studies, died Nov. 6, 2009 in Trenton, Mo. The New York City native and World War II veteran was active with the East-West Center, taking international students on summer tours of the U.S. mainland. He and his wife Doris were founding members of the Hawaiʻi Performing Arts Company in Mānoa Valley.

Wayne Miyamoto


Wayne Miyamoto (BFA BA ’70, MFA ’74 Mānoa), UH Hilo professor of art and widely exhibited printmaker, died Feb. 20, 2010 in Mexico, where he was on sabbatical. Express condolences or send memorial gifts to Friends of UHHART, c/o UH Foundation, P.O. Box 11270, Honolulu, HI 96828.

G. Raymond Nunn, Mānoa professor emeritus of history and Asian studies, died Apr. 8, 2009 at age 90. He was the first library director at the East-West Center and author of 19 books. Direct memorial gifts to UH Foundation, P.O. Box 11270, Honolulu, HI 96828.

Nicholas Palumbo, John A. Burn School of Medicine professor emeritus, died Jan. 10, 2010 with his son, Tim, when their plane crashed on a return trip from Lānaʻi, where he operated a veterinary clinic. He served as associate UH veterinarian and joined the Department of Comparative Medicine, serving as chair from 1978 until his retirement in 1990. He coauthored a landmark paper on Kawasaki Disease in 1982. Surviving children include Kay Daub, chair of the UH Hilo Nursing Department.

Jagdish Prasad Sharma


Jagdish Prasad Sharma, Mānoa emeritus professor of history and director of the South Asian Studies Program, died Feb. 21, 2010 in Honolulu. A scholar of Indian history, religions and cultures, he authored Republics in Ancient India. A native of India, Sharma earned his PhD from the University of London. His wife is Mānoa Professor of Asian Studies Mimi Sharma. Memorial gifts may be made to the Jagdish P. Sharma Educational Foundation, c/o Asian Studies Program, 1890 East-West Road, Honolulu, HI 96822. Read more

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  1. Steven DeWitt, MD says:

    May 1st, 2010at 12:49 pm(#)

    I came to UH Manoa starting in the summer session 1975. Having only a GED, I hoped hard work would get me into the four year BSN program. Ira Lichton taught the core human nutrition course for that program. That course change my life. I asked Prof Lichton to allow me to add an additional major in Food & Nutrional Sciences with him as my academic advisor.

    Within months of beginning that association, Prof Lichton suggested that I switch from pre-nursing to pre-medicine and invited me to work as research assistant in the lab attached to his office at the old Henke Hall.

    Much of the work in my Nutrition major was called directed reading and research under Dr Lichton’s direct supervision. One month short of three years after starting my college education I received my BS from Manoa in May 1979. I began medical school three months later. Any success I have had in my life I owe to Ira Lichton.