Memorial services Saturday for UH Manoa Political Science Professor Ira Rohter
To be held at 9 a.m. at Honolulu Waldorf SchoolUniversity of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
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Said Kathy E. Ferguson, Acting Chair of the Political Science Department, "Ira was a valued colleague who invested many years of study in Hawaiʻi politics. He never ceased to struggle for a more just and sustainable political and economic system. Many progressive local initiatives, including the state‘s Green Party and the push for election reform, were a result of Ira‘s tireless work for a better Hawaiʻi."
Dr. Rohter earned his Ph.D. from Michigan State University in 1967, and joined UH Mānoa in 1968. He regularly taught courses in Politics of Hawaiʻi, Political Ecology and Development, Environmental Politics, and alternative futures.
In 1992, he published, "A Green Hawaiʻi: Sourcebook for Development Alternatives." He was a founding member of the Transformational Politics section of the American Political Science Association. In 1992, he helped found the Hawaiʻi Green Party, and served as a co-chair for many years.
Professor Rohter served as first vice president of the Hawaiʻi Coalition Against Legalized Gambling and was on the board of the Hawaiʻi Clean Elections project.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Honolulu Waldorf High School Building Fund. Call (808) 377-5471 for more information.