Posted On April 16th, 2017 - Honolulu Star-Advertiser Obituaries
Andrew Arno died on 19 November 2016 in Honolulu, Hawaii. An emeritus professor of anthropology at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, he was born in Alexandria, Virginia, and grew up in San Antonio and Austin, Texas. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Texas at Austin in 1965 and received his JD with honors from the University of Texas School of Law in 1969. He received his PhD in social anthropology from Harvard University in 1974. Following a year as a postdoctoral fellow at Yale Law School he joined the faculty of John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City. He moved to Hawaii in 1977 to become a research associate in the Communication Institute at the East-West Center and joined the faculty of the University of Hawaii in 1985. His years in law school led to a fascination with law as a powerful social and cultural institution. As an anthropologist he applied his broad background in the humanities, particularly philosophy, to a deeper understanding not only of law but also of mass media and other ways of communicating about social conflict. As a teacher he encouraged students in their own interdisciplinary approaches to contemporary issues and earned their gratitude as a generous and inspiring mentor. Andrew's wide-ranging interests and creative talents were reflected in the arts as well as in his scholarship. He was a gifted artist and craftsman, with a large legacy of work that began with the crafting of arrowheads as a boy in Texas and continued throughout his life in his painting, jewelry making, and woodworking. Andrew lived his life to the end with grace and humor. He is survived by his wife, Letitia Hickson; his daughter, Claudia Arno (Samuel Brenner); his granddaughter, Alexandra Brenner; his brother James Arno (Marguerite Johnston); and his sister-in-law Mary Arno. He was preceded in death by his brother Michael Arno. Donations in his name may be made to the Hawaii Appleseed Center for Law and Economic Justice or to the University of Hawaii Foundation Anthropology Alumni Scholarship.
Posted in Family Placed Obituaries