Edward D. BeechertEDWARD D. BEECHERT University of Hawaii history professor emeritus Edward D. Beechert died on April 13th in Albany, Oregon. After WW II service as an Army medic he earned his degrees at the University of California Berkley and worked with the Teamsters union and on a GM assembly line. His long teaching career began in California colleges, moved to UH Hilo, and then to the Manoa campus where he taught labor history until his 1989 retirement. His many books (notable among them "Working In Hawaii: A Labor History), articles, and reviews led to national and international respect as an authority on work and workers in Hawaii and on sugar plantations world-wide. A lifelong devotion to social, economic, and racial justice went hand-in-hand with his scholarly pursuits. Edward and Alice, his wife of 64 years, relocated to California, Washington, and lastly to Oregon to be nearer their children and grand-children. A five-year battle with Parkinson's limited his activities, but he remained alert and mentally active. He is survived by his wife, son Kevin, daughters Robin and Alison and granddaughters Briana and Alyssa Willia. Private services were held in Oregon and the body donated to the Parkinson's Research Center of the Oregon Health and Science University.
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