Posted On September 10th, 2010 -


Harold S. Wright passed away at age 91 in Honolulu on August 20th, 2010. He is survived by his wife June G. Wright, sons Barry H. Wright and Kirby M. Wright, daughter Julie A. Wright, and daughter-in-law Darcy L. Wright.

Wright was born in Honolulu on November 9th, 1918 and graduated with honors from both St. Louis High School and the University of Hawaii. He attended UH on a competitive scholarship awarded by the then Territory of Hawaii and was elected student body president in his senior year.

On December 7th, 1941, Wright, an ROTC officer, volunteered to serve with the Territorial Guard and in March of 1941 he was commissioned a second lieutenant with the U.S. Army. He participated as an infantry officer in the Marshalls and Marianas Campaigns and was awarded a pair of battle stars for combat. He was promoted to captain and then major in Military Intelligence and the General Staff Corps. Wright’s duties included briefing the General of the Central Pacific Command and his staff on the daily war situation transmitted by top-secret radiograms. As the war ended, he was assigned the responsibility of recording the history of Central Pacific Operations. After five years of military service, Wright attended Harvard Law School on the GI Bill of Rights and graduated in 1949. He then joined the firm of Smith Wild Beebe and Cades (later named “Cades Schutte Fleming & Wright”) and became a partner three years later. He practiced as a trial attorney for ten years before specializing in real estate and banking law. He represented First Hawaiian Bank, Bank of Hawaii, Amfac, Alexander & Baldwin, Theo H. Davies & Co., 55 Bishop Trust Co., Honolulu Advertiser (tax litigation), Honolulu Star Bulletin (tax litigation), and other companies. As a specialist in loans for the construction of hotels and condominiums, he became local counsel for many national banks and insurance companies, including Citicorp, Bank of America, Bank of New York, Congen Insurance Co., Hartford Insurance Co., John Hopkins Insurance Co. and others.

Wright was a member of the Arizona War Memorial Commission, and, as Chairman, he initiated the establishment of the Arizona War Memorial Museum. He was also a member of the American and State bar associations and the Outrigger Canoe Club. He was a subject of biographical record in Who’s Who in American Law, Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in the World.

Funeral Services were held on September 4th at Diamond Head Memorial Park. Wright’s family has requested that in lieu of flowers donations be made to St. Louis High School and the Salvation Army.

- Denotes U.S. Military Veteran