UH Manoa mourns loss of education leader Hubert Everly

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Jennifer Beaulieu, 956-4388
College of Education
Posted: May 20, 2008

UH Mānoa's College of Education bids a sad farewell to former dean, Dr. Hubert Everly, who passed away Friday, May 16th. During his esteemed tenure as dean from 1956 to 1979, Everly was responsible for expanded enrollment, new degrees and buildings, increased research activity, the creation of the Curriculum Research & Development Group (CRDG), and the restructuring of the Laboratory School into a center for research and development.

"He was indeed a beloved leader in the college," said Donald B. Young, Interim Associate Dean for Administration and Director of CRDG.

Under the encouragement and guidance of another former dean, Benjamin Wist (dean of Teacher‘s College 1931—1948), Everly left the University of Southern California and an athletic scholarship in 1937 to pursue both a bachelor and master of education degree at UH. After serving in the US Army from 1943 to 1945, Everly completed his doctor of philosophy degree at Ohio State University with a dissertation on the role of laboratory schools. Upon his return to Hawaiʻi, he was appointed principal of University High School, a role he served from 1948 until he became dean in 1956.

It was under Everly‘s tenure as dean that the Teachers College became the College of Education (COE), recognizing that the COE prepared school administrators, librarians, and counselors in addition to teachers.

Faced with political opponents and challenged by faculty from other colleges, Everly was known to turn directly to the legislature in order to secure funds for the COE. Fortunately, his perseverance and ingenuity would steer him through continued opposition at every turn. In 1966, after being told by the legislature that there were no funds for new buildings, Everly relabeled his proposed project an "annex," which would be connected to Wist Hall by one common wall. Today, Wist Annex 2 has been renamed Everly Hall in honor of its devoted namesake.

Everly received many honors for his contributions to education over 33 years, including an endowed scholar position established in his name and a lifetime achievement award presented to him at the college‘s 2006 Recognition Dinner. In a video clip shown at the dinner, Everly said, "I would like to be remembered as an educator. When I look into the obituaries, I see obituaries for ʻformer this/former that‘. I want to be remembered as Everly the Educator."

The public memorial service will be held on Sunday, June 15, from 11 a.m. to noon in the UH Manoa School of Architecture Auditorium. The memorial service is open to the public and will be followed by a luncheon in the architecture courtyard area. Please contact Lisa Stewart at (808) 529-0888 for more information.