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Members of Graduating Class of 1953 Honored

(Honolulu, Hawaiʻi) - More than 10 seniors — all University of Hawaiʻi graduates from the class of 1953 — and 30 previous Golden Scholar graduates were honored at a special luncheon presented by the University of Hawaiʻi and its Alumni Association and organized by the University of Hawaiʻi Foundation.The following members of the class of 1953 were inducted as the newest UH Golden Scholars and were presented with medals of recognition:

  • John Bonsey — Kaneohe, HI
  • Pamela H.W. Carlyle — Kailua, HI
  • Jeannette Chun — Honolulu, HI
  • Alma Aiu Cirino — Niu Valley, HI
  • Thelma Diercks — Honolulu, HI
  • Betty Evensen — Kaneohe, HI
  • Frederick Fujimoto — Mililani, HI
  • Betty Okano — Mililani, HI
  • Charles Schrader — Kaneohe, HI
  • Kazuto Tomayasu — Aiea, HI
  • James R. Yano — Kailua, HI
  • Helen E. Yano — Kailua, HI

"The leadership shown by the class of 1953 and the legacy they've left behind continues to inspire those of us still at the university and all alumni," said UH President Evan Dobelle. "We are thankful for their many contributions, and for all they have done to build a strong, rock-solid foundation on which the University of Hawaiʻi can continue to grow."

"The Golden Scholars are among our most valuable students and teachers," said UH Foundation President Betsy Sloane. "They bring a life-long passion for learning, coupled with a deep desire to see the University of Hawaiʻi continue to grow and succeed. With their help, UH will be transformed into the kind of world class institution of higher learning Hawaiʻi deserves."

The Golden Scholars recognition event began in 2000 and has been held annually to commemorate the 50th anniversary of each UH graduating class. About the University of Hawaiʻi Foundation 

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