Faculty We've Lost

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With great respect and appreciation, we say farewell to the faculty we have lost. This page was begun in 2009 and is updated at the close of each year. Please help us to pay our respects by supplying any names or information we have not properly published here.

Dr. Robert R. Dunwell, former Chair of the College of Education (COE) Department of Educational Administration, died on March 9, 2012 at the age of 81. He was a part of the COE faculty from 1969 to 1977. Dunwell earned his bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Kansas in 1952 on a U.S. Navy scholarship. A boat group commander on the USS Winston at Pearl Harbor, Dunwell was commissioned as an ensign from 1952–1955, serving in Japan and Korea during the Korean War. He...

Psychologist, former Educational Psychology professor, and longtime supporter of higher education, Dr. Daniel Warren Fullmer, passed away on February 20, 2009 at the age of 86. Fullmer was instrumental in creating a PhD counseling and guidance program at the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa. And, while he became a professor at UHM in 1966, his career in higher education began in 1955 at the University of Oregon. During Fullmer's professorship at the University of Oregon, he became a...

Dr. Andrew In, former dean of the College of Education (COE), passed away on May 26, 2009. Receiving his baccalaureate degree in education at the COE in 1941, In returned to the college in 1951 after earning his doctoral degree in secondary education at New York University. Over the next three decades, he would serve the college in many capacities - as principal of University High School, associate professor of education, director and chair of secondary education, professor of...

February 2009 Emeritus professor Dr. Arthur R. King, Jr., visionary founder and long-time director of the Curriculum Research & Development Group (CRDG) at the University of Hawai'i, died February 2 in Honolulu. He was 87. King was born and raised in Portland, Oregon. His grandparents were among the wave of pioneers who traveled there from Kansas across the Oregon Trail in a covered wagon. He was the first member of his family to attend college, and he lived his life as a spirited...

Dr. Alexander L. Pickens, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa College of Education professor emeritus and former assistant to the dean for college development, passed away on June 23, 2012. Ardent and longtime supporters of fundraising, Pickens and his wife established an endowment fund, named the Frances M.J. & Alexander Pickens Scholarship Fund in Secondary Education. Today, the college’s development office is dedicated to him for his legacy of fundraising. Beginning his career as a...

Dr. Thomas W. Speitel, natural and information sciences professor in the College of Education Curriculum Research & Development Group (CRDG) and Army veteran, passed away on September 19, 2009. With the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa (UHM) since 1967, Speitel earned his PhD in botanical sciences in 1975. He would devote the rest of his professional career to the COE, serving as an educational associate, graduate faculty, director, chairman, associate professor, and professor. Born...

Dr. Donnis Thompson, Emeritus Professor of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation, died on February 2, 2009. With the COE since 1961, Thompson became the Director of Athletics in 1972 and served in that capacity until 1981 when she became the Hawai'i Superintendant of Education. Read the full article at the UH Athletics site.

Nina A. Westcott, professor in the College of Education from 1967 until her retirement in 1993, died December 30, 2008 at the age of 70. She taught and conducted research in counseling and guidance. Ralph Stueber, professor of educational foundations in the COE from 1959 to 1993 and one-time neighbor of the Westcotts, recalls, "She and I worked on a number of executive committees together, and I was fascinated by her perspective on life and her avid interest in shared governance. Her...