William Hinton Stryker

Posted On March 8th, 2017 -

William Hinton StrykerJuly 22, 1925 - February 26, 2017 William Hinton (Doc) Stryker, a leading figure in Hawai'i's public relations profession, passed away in Scottsdale, AZ at 91. He came to the islands in 1970 to direct PR for Dillingham Corporation. He, and then Honolulu Advertiser Editor George Chaplin, organized Hawai'i's first community-wide economic planning process, "The Conference on the Year 2000: Alternative Economic Futures for Hawai'i," in 1973. He married Sharon Weiner in 1975. In 1981 he joined Sharon as a partner in the PR agency that became Stryker Weiner and Associates and is now Stryker Weiner & Yokota. He was the first recipient of the Gregg W. Perry Award for lifetime achievement by the Public Relations Society of Hawai'i. Doc was a founding board member of Hawai'i Public Television and The Nature Conservancy of Hawai'i. He and Sharon divorced in 1997 and Doc moved to Scottsdale. In 2010 Doc married Elizabeth Mahoney, formerly of Honolulu, who shared his interests, including bird watching and cooking, and lovingly cared for him through his final years. Doc was born and raised in Syracuse, NY. He was a US Navy officer in the V-12 program during World War II and graduated from Syracuse University with a degree in Engineering through the GI Bill. He began his public relations career in Rochester, NY. He married Betty Borsuk; they divorced in 1969. They had three children, Stephen (deceased), Mark and Lise (Emil) Stoessel. He had four grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Gifts in Doc Stryker's memory may be made to The Nature Conservancy of Hawai'i or to the University of Hawaii Foundation for the annual Stephen C. and William H. Stryker Prize in Short Story writing established by Stryker Weiner Associates in memory of Doc's son, who was an English student at UH, and to recognize father and son's shared passion for creative writing.

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