Comments on: Obituaries: Mālamalama honors late faculty The magazine of the University of Hawai'i System Thu, 06 Sep 2012 21:11:28 +0000 hourly 1 By: Steven DeWitt, MD Sat, 01 May 2010 22:49:55 +0000 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.