East-West Center founder devoted to education, art
By Michael Tsai
A gifted artist and educator, Murray Turnbull left a distinctive mark on the physical landscape of his adopted Hawaii home, in the myriad galleries that displayed his work, and in the lives of thousands of scholars who passed through the University of Hawaii and the East-West Center.
Turnbull died on Aug. 22 at age 95.
Perhaps best known as the founder of the East-West Center, Turnbull was a prolific painter and sculptor and a highly influential figure in the UH system, where his keen intellect and unconventional thinking helped to expand traditional notions of education.
“He felt that making education available and important, making people curious enough to explore their world, was the most important thing,” said Turnbull’s daughter Martha Turnbull. “He also thought that formal education sometimes got in the way of it. He identified very closely with UH and the other places where he worked, but he also felt that school should get out of the way when students wanted to paint or write or pursue other ways of expressing themselves.”
Turnbull was born in Sibley, Iowa, and earned an bachelor’s degree in fine arts from the University of Nebraska. After serving in the Army Air Force in Guadalcanal and the Philippines during World War II, Turnbull returned and began a career in education, first at a high school in Montana and later at the University of Nebraska, the University of Denver (where he also earned a master’s degree) and Hamline University in Minnesota.
In 1954, Turnbull and his wife, Phyllis, relocated to Honolulu, where Turnbull found employment as a professor of art at UH. He would later serve as chairman of the Art Department (twice), acting dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and director of planning for the university.
It was in 1959, while serving as acting dean, that Turnbull first proposed the idea of an “international college” where people from around Asia and the Pacific could exchange ideas. The idea languished until congressional delegate from Hawaii Jack Burns successfully persuaded then-Sen. Lyndon Johnson, D-Texas, to publicly advocate for an international university in Hawaii. In response, the school’s faculty senate convened a special committee that included Turnbull to establish what would become the East-West Center.
“Murray Turnbull was the father of the concept of bringing the young people of the Asia Pacific region together,” said East-West Center President Charles Morrison. “The East-West Center was established because of him.”
Turnbull served briefly as the center’s acting director. In an oral history collected by the center in 2006, Turnbull described the original focus of the center:
“We did not seek students or candidates in business courses and that sort of thing, making money, how you do business and so on. We were much more interested in philosophical matters, in historical matters, in religious matters, in those things that had to do with the mind and the intellect.”
Turnbull’s vision for the center was in keeping with his personal beliefs about education and the development of mind and character.
As a student of art and as an artist, Turnbull was inexhaustible in his thirst for new insight.
In an unfinished autobiography, Turnbull noted, “I have spent more than the last 40 years striving to overcome, replace and go beyond the solid traditional training … which shaped my early expectations and intentions.”
Later, Turnbull wrote: ”Only with great effort did I come to see that life and art could not be imprisoned by logic, by a binding responsibility to objects out there, that it was more important to express things from the inside out, and that what was invisible was vastly more significant than imposed visual ‘truths.’”
Turnbull, who produced more than 7,000 pieces of art during his career, had work exhibited in various one-person shows across the country. Among the many familiar pieces Turnbull has contributed around town are the famous stained glass windows at Keller Hall on the Manoa campus, the four concrete sculpture walls on the UH Music Building and the large mural on the exterior wall of Kokua Market in Moiliili.
Duane Preble, an emeritus professor of art at UH and a former teaching assistant to Turnbull, said his friend and mentor was “a wise and thoughtful scholarly artist” who inspired great enthusiasm and loyalty from his students.
“He had a following of people who loved his classes,” Preble said. “Both young and old would come back to take his classes.”
Preble recalled Turnbull’s love of New Orleans-style jazz and how Turnbull, a self-taught trumpet, trombone and cornet player, would practice in the art auditorium when it was empty because he liked the acoustics. He also remembered the unexhibited wood sculptures — “humorous pieces” — that Turnbull kept around his garage.
“I asked him about them and he said they were to keep his taxes down,” Preble said, chuckling.
Indeed, Turnbull’s lofty accomplishments in academia and the art world belied his humble, unassuming nature and the simple, sincere way in which he lived his life, Martha Turnbull said.
“He was utterly incapable of telling a lie,” she said. “He told corny jokes. He never met a baby or a cat he didn’t like. And he was inordinately proud of his family. The only thing he valued more than his work was his wife and his family.”
Turnbull is survived by his wife, Phyllis; sons John and Clayton; daughters Martha and Sarah Roe; eight grandchildren; and great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Sept. 27 at the UH-Manoa Art Department Auditorium. Aloha wear is suggested.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Murray Turnbull’s name to: Friends of the Library of Hawaii, 690 Pohukaina St., Honolulu, HI 96813.
MARCIANA MASING QUIDEZ Age 90, of Wahiawa, HI, passed away July 26, 2014 in Wahiawa. Born October 12, 1923 in Laoag, Ilocos Norte, Philippines. She retired from the Del Monte Corporation. She is survived by sons, Bernardo (Emiline) Quidez, Geronimo (Cecilia) Quidez, Jr.; daughters, Josephine Lopez, Cynthia Quidez, Isabelita (Juan) Lazaro, Marina (Joshua) Makua, Bernadette (Kimo) Ryan; 12 grandchildren; 1 great-grand- child. Visitation 5:30 p.m. Friday (Sept 5) at Mililani Mortuary Makai Chapel; Wake Service 6:30 p.m. Visitation also 8:30 a.m. Saturday (Sept 6) at Mililani Mortuary Makai Chapel; Prayer Service 10:30 a.m. Burial to follow 11:00 a.m. at Mililani Memorial Park. Casual Attire.
Aug. 21, 2014
Yoshio Watanabe, 82, of Hilo, a retired County of Hawaii agriculturalist and an Army veteran, died at the Queen’s Medical Center. He was born in Waimea, Kauai. He is survived by wife Marjorie, son Darryl, daughter Dana Grace, sister Mae Furutomo and four grandchildren. Visitation: 3 p.m. Sunday at Nuuanu Memorial Park & Mortuary, east chapel. Services: 4 p.m. Casual attire. No flowers. Additional visitation on Hawaii island: 4 p.m. Sept. 19 at Hilo Missionary Church. Services: 5 p.m. Casual attire.
Aug. 15, 2014
Donald Dell Van Horn, 68, of Pahoa, Hawaii, a retired landscaper who performed as “Stanley the Clown” on Maui and Hawaii island, died at home. He was born in Alhambra, Calif. He is survived by companion Cheryl Carocci and brother Verne. Services to be held at a later date on Maui and Hawaii.
Aug. 1, 2014
Kelly Yooko Tokuda, 46, of Waipahu, a Hawaii Life Real Estate Brokers transaction manager, died at home. She was born in Hilo. She is survived by husband Keith, sons Justin and Jacob, father Bert S. Nakayama, mother Irma Nakayama and sister Lisa H. Nakayama. Visitation: 1:30 p.m. Sunday at Hosoi Garden Mortuary. Services: 3:30 p.m. Casual attire. No flowers.
Aug. 21, 2014
Jane Emiko Tokuda, 86, of Aiea, a retired bookkeeper, died at home. She was born in Honolulu. She is survived by nephews and nieces. Private services. No flowers. No monetary offerings.
July 27, 2014
Francisco Villegas Savella, 93, of Waianae died in Ewa Beach. He was born in Ilocos Sur, Philippines. He is survived by wife Aniceta, sons Saturnino and Marcos, daughter Angie S. Saupan, sister Hilaria Damian, 14 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, 27 great-great-grandchildren and four great-great-great-grandchildren. Visitation: 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Mililani Mortuary-Waipio, makai chapel. Services: 6:30 p.m. Additional visitation: 9 a.m. Friday at the mortuary. Services: 10 a.m. Burial: 1:30 p.m. at Valley of the Temples. Casual attire.
Aug. 27, 2014
Michael M. Rodrigues, 69, of Keaau, formerly of Kailua, a retired United Airlines flight attendant, died at home. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by wife Lawrene, son Ron, daughter Tammy Kekauoha, sister Elsie A. Yangson, six grandchildren and a great-grandchild. Private services.
Aug. 1, 2014
John “Boy” Pacheco Jr., 83, of Kaneohe, a switchman for Hawaiian Telephone Co. and an Army veteran, died in Moanalua. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by wife Elsie; stepson Stephen Rezentes; daughters Joan Vanterpool, Linda Pacheco and Paula Telles; brother Herbert; seven grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. Visitation: 9:30 a.m. Friday at St. Ann’s Catholic Church. Eulogy: 11 a.m. Mass: 11:30 a.m. Burial: 1 p.m. at Hawaii State Veterans Cemetery, Kaneohe. Online condolences: hawaiianmemorialparkmortuarycom.
Aug. 29, 2014
Victorina Lorenzo Barut Olipares, 85, of Honolulu, a retired Outrigger Waikiki Hotel and Holiday Inn housekeeper and an elementary schoolteacher in the Philippines, died in Honolulu. She was born in Bacarra, Ilocos Norte, Philippines. She is survived by husband Micolas P.; son Hubert B. Olipares; daughters Violet O. Dela Cruz and Harlean O. Ogawa; brothers Loreto, Filemon and Marcelino Barut; and three grandchildren. Visitation: 5:30 p.m. Sept. 9 at Hawaiian Memorial Park Mortuary. Services: 6:30 p.m. Additional visitation: 9:30 a.m. Sept. 10 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church. Mass: 11 a.m. Burial: 1 p.m. at Valley of the Temples. Online condolences: hawaiianmemorialparkmortuary.com.
Aug. 9, 2014
Rod Tatsuo Nakabayashi, 55, of Aiea, an Aloha Airlines flight attendant, died in Pali Momi Medical Center. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by wife Mercy A., father Yukio, mother Tatsuko and brother Ray M. Visitation: 4 p.m. Sunday at Kalihi Union Church. Services: 5 p.m. Casual attire. No flowers.
Aug. 24, 2014
Diana Leona McCulloch, 50, of Ewa Beach died in the Queen’s Medical Center. She was born in Japan. She is survived by husband Michael, son Chace, daughter Hannah, father Edward L. Brewer and brother Eddie Brewer. Visitation: 11 a.m. Saturday at Moanalua Mortuary, 1150 Kikowaena St., Honolulu. Services: noon. Light refreshments to follow.
July 31, 2014
Douglas Kiyomi Mashino, 59, of Waipahu, a printer for Tongg Publishing Co., fish cutter for Foodland/Sack N Save and food and beverage manager for the Honolulu Zoo, died in Straub Clinic & Hospital. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by wife Helen Benarao; sons Douglas Jr., Derek and Mana; stepson Thomas Lieb; brothers Gary Lee and Sidney; sisters Annie W. Kuhlmann and Joyce Corpuz; and nine grandchildren. Visitation: 11 a.m. Saturday at Hosoi Garden Mortuary. Services: noon. Casual attire. Flowers welcome.
Aug. 22, 2014
Howard S. Maeda, 79, of Honolulu, a truck driver, died in a private care home. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by brothers Richard and Calvin, and sister Lillian Uyeda. Private services. No monetary offerings.
Aug. 14, 2014
Tu’ugaolo Malaki Logotaeao, 83, of Ewa Beach died in Ewa Beach. She was born in Aua, American Samoa. She is survived by sons Malaki, Toeleve and Talifilemu; daughters Toeasialevaotumua T. Agosto, Amio Brown, TuleifuafetalaigaleaigaoAitulagi M. Logotaeao and SimanumanufuaitogaaLopa Lui; 22 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren. Visitation: 5:30 p.m. Sept. 8 at Mililani Mortuary-Waipio, mauka chapel. Services: 6:30 p.m. Flowers welcome.
Aug. 6, 2014
Eloise Kam Sun Leong, 91, of Honolulu, an Alexander and Baldwin bookkeeper, died in Honolulu. She was born in Honolulu. She is survived by brother Edmund K.C. Visitation: 9:30 a.m. Sept. 13 at Diamond Head Mortuary. Services: 10:30 a.m. Online condolences: hawaiifuneralservices.com.
Aug. 10, 2014
Richard Joseph “Bud” Lamb, 96, of Honolulu, a former firefighter in Sleepy Hollow and Marin City, Calif., and a Navy veteran, died in Honolulu. He was born in San Rafael, Calif. He is survived by nephew Chuck Reindollar. Visitation: 9 a.m. Saturday at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church. Mass: 10 a.m. Inurnment: 8:30 a.m. Sept. 8 at National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu, Punchbowl. Online condolences: hawaiianmemorialpark- mortuary.com.
Aug. 19, 2014
Keith Gordon Kunimura, 66, of Hilo, a carpenter by trade and a Meadow Gold Dairies processor, died in Hilo Medical Center. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by wife Andrea, son Garrett, daughters Kris Ilarraza and Erika Tanimoto, mother Jean, sister Jessica Yamasawa, brother Jon and four grandchildren. Visitation: 4 p.m. Saturday at Dodo Mortuary. Services: 5 p.m. Casual attire. No flowers.
July 26, 2014
Howard Kong Kam Sr., 88, of Aiea, an Army veteran, died in Aiea. He was born in Aiea. He is survived by wife Eleanor C.; sons Howard Jr., Calvin, James and Jeffrey; daughters Maxine Ikehara and Elaine Akau; brothers George and Kenneth; sisters Helen Ho and Annie Chang; 15 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. Visitation: 9 a.m. Thursday at Mililani Mortuary-Waipio, mauka chapel. Services: 10:15 a.m. Burial: 11 a.m. at Mililani Memorial Park. Aloha attire. No flowers.
Aug. 11, 2014
Paul Paka “PJ” Jardine, 55, of Kailua, a self-employed tile setter with PJ’s Tiling, died in Kailua. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by daughters Olivia Belaski and Ashley and Tatiana Jardine; and a grandchild. Celebration of life: 9 a.m. Saturday at Kailua Beach Park Pavilion. Online condolences: hawaiianmemorialparkmortuary.com.
Aug. 14, 2014
Eleanor B. “Ellen” Guillermo, 49, of Honolulu, a Hilton Hawaiian Village housekeeper, died in Honolulu. She was born in Ilocos Sur, Philippines. She is survived by husband Napoleon L., sons Emil B. and Krysewzyski B. Bedan, daughter Eugina B. Bedan, father Antonio Buyacao Sr., two brothers, five sisters and four grandchildren. Visitation: 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Hawaiian Memorial Park Mortuary. Services: 6:30 p.m. Burial: 10 a.m. Friday at Valley of the Temples. Online condolences: hawaiianmemorialparkmortuary.com.
July 21, 2014
Derick Kealii O Haililani “Pops” Gilman, 61, of Salt Lake City, Utah, and Honolulu, a financial adviser, died in Salt Lake City. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by sons Derwin, Dustin, Dwight, Derick Jr. and Kealii; daughters Darnell Gilman and Emily Radvilla; brother Asai; and sisters Ramona-Lynette Kahikina-Gilman, Dee Wright, Darlyin Emmsley and Rebecca Gilman. Visitation: 9 a.m. Friday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Waikalua Chapel. Services: 10 a.m. Burial: 12:30 p.m. at Valley of the Temples. Online condolences: leewardfuneralhome.com.
Aug. 16, 2014
Noelle Adrienne Gandaoli, 45, of Mission Viejo, Calif., a Ossur Americas employee, died in Mission Viejo. She was born in Honolulu. She is survived by wife Edie Eberhardt, brothers Aaron and Theron, and sister Dawnell Gandaoli-Cantado. Visitation: 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Mililani Mortuary-Waipio, mauka chapel. Services: 6:30 p.m. Burial: 2 p.m. Saturday at Mililani Memorial Park.
Aug. 9, 2014
Stephen Thomas “Steve” French, 51, of Hilo, a CDL truck driver for Suisan and an Air Force veteran, died in Hilo Medical Center. He was born in Arcadia, Calif. He is survived by wife Lolly, father Thomas and brothers Ken and Doug. Visitation: 3 p.m. Sunday at Dodo Mortuary. Services: 5 p.m. Graveside services: noon Sept. 8 at Hawaii Veterans Cemetery No. 2. Aloha attire.
Aug. 21, 2014
Theresa Fuentes Fajardo, 88, of Aiea, a Hilton Hawaiian Village employee, died in Aiea. She was born in Lahaina. She is survived by sons Edilberto, William, Alexander, Leopoldo, Raymundo, Eliseo, Fernando, Lauro and Noel; daughters Remedios Tabora, Soledad Hess and Leticia Dexter; brothers Ekilino, Bernie and Ciano Fuentes; sisters Rosita Villamor; 35 grandchildren; 47 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren. Visitation: 9:30 a.m. Friday at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 91-1298 Renton Road, Ewa. Mass: 10:30 a.m. Burial: 12:30 p.m. at Mililani Memorial Park. Casual attire. Flowers welcome.
Aug. 9, 2014
Jeremy J.J. Estabilio, 60, of Pearl City died at home. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by wife Elissa; son Jerry; daughter Jenny; father Jeremiah; sisters Lori Rodriques, Heather Cadiente and Patty Estabilio; nine grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. Celebration of life: 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Sand Island Beach Park.
Aug. 8, 2014
Barbara Mae Keiko Eberlein, 65, of Ewa Beach, a retired state Department of Labor clerk, died in Aiea. She was born in Honolulu. She is survived by husband Frederick, son Shawn and sisters Renee Yamada and Gertrude Miyaji. Services: 10 a.m. Saturday at Kailua Christian Church. Inurnment: 11 a.m. Sept. 8 at Hawaii State Veterans Cemetery. Online condolences: hawaiianmemorialparkmortuary.com.
Aug. 21, 2014
Eduardo Galliguez Devera, 82, of Honolulu, a self-employed tax preparer-owner of De Vera’s Income Tax Service and a clerical worker for the Honolulu Community Action Program, died in Honolulu. He was born in Pangasinan, Philippines. He is survived by son Joseph P.; daughters Merlene D. Locquiao, Helen Gantenbein and Iris Cassandra Devera; sister Iluminada Caguiaoa; and five grandchildren. Visitation: 9:30 a.m. Sept. 9 at Hawaiian Memorial Park Mortuary. Services: 10:30 a.m. Burial: noon at Valley of the Temples. Online condolences: hawaiianmemorialparkmortuary.com.
Aug. 28, 2014
Glenn Douglas Cornick, 67, of Hilo, a founding member and bass player for Jethro Tull and founder of Endangered Species, died at home. He was born in England. He is survived by wife Brigitte Martinez-Cornick, sons Alex and Drew and daughter Molly M. Martinez. Celebration of life to be held at a later date. Online condolences: homelanimemorialpark.com.
June 17, 2014
Yun How Chock Ching, 89, of Honolulu, a retired government employee, died in Honolulu. She was born in Hilo. She is survived by son Sheldon; daughters Patrice Cheng, Alison Look, Cheryl Nielsen and Brenda Wan; brothers Theodore and Kenneth Chock; sisters Janet Young and Thelma Nip; and 11 grandchildren. Visitation: 3 p.m. Saturday at Thurston Memorial Chapel at Punahou School. Services: 4 p.m. Private urn committal. Aloha attire. No flowers.