Posted On April 3rd, 2016 - Honolulu Star-Advertiser Obituaries
DR. DANNY (DAN) J. WEDEMEYER Retired Professor Emeritus, Dr. Dan Wedemeyer, 70, of Honolulu, passed away on March 16, 2016, in Straub Clinic and Hospital. Born in Adair, Iowa, he completed his Master's in Communications at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, and then a second Master's and a PhD from the University of Southern California-Annenberg School of Communication. Dan spent his career at the School of Communications at the University Hawaii, until his retirement in 2011 after a career spanning more than 30 years. Dan was an expert on telecommunications forecasting, focusing on the Asia-Pacific region. His research highlighted the ways that telecommunications could improve the quality of life for the region by using planning methods that focused on a long-term view. He traveled to dozens of countries and was the co-author or co-editor of several books and dozens of articles and policy reports. He was the editor of the Pacific Telecommunications Council's Annual Proceedings for 20 years. He was also a Fellow of the East-West Center, a Fulbright scholar in Yugoslavia, and earned many other academic distinctions. For all his accomplishments in research, Dan was equally known for his teaching and mentoring. He received the Presidential Citation for Excellence in Teaching from the University of Hawaii. During his career, he taught more than 5,000 undergraduate students, more than 750 graduate students, and served on an estimated 250 Master's and doctoral committees. His influence as a teacher led to former students and colleagues establishing the Dan J. Wedemeyer Excellence in Teaching Award at UH, that encourages graduate students to excel at teaching. Dan is survived by his loving wife, Setsuko Uemura; mother, Marilyn Wedemeyer; brothers, Del (Sharon), Lyle (Cheryl) and Marlon Wedemeyer. Memorial donation in his memory may be sent to the Dan J. Wedemeyer Excellence in Teaching Award at https://giving.uhfoundation.org/funds/12692804. A service of celebration was held on March 19, 2016.
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