JOHN COTTON WRIGHT On April 16, 2015 we celebrated the life of John Cotton Wright of Sharon, Mass. At 18 years old, he sailed around the world with Captain Irving and Exy Johnson on the brigantine Yankee. He was Assistant to Walter F. Dillingham and they brought the Falls of Clyde to Bishop Museum, Hawaii Maritime Center where she became a U.S. National Historic Landmark. He graduated from UH Manoa with an MLIS. He retired from Ke Ali'I Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum as Curator, Archivist and Historian. He established the Archives and restored the portraits of the Hawaiian Monarchy, art collections/ artifacts/exhibits. His book cover photo was on the Artificial Curiosities, an Exposition of the Three Pacific Voyages of Captain James Cook. He was a founder of PARBICA, Pacific Regional Branch International Council on Archives. He consulted as advisor to Pacific nations on archives legislation and trained indigenous peoples from American Samoa, Western Samoa, Fiji, Tonga, Cook Islands, Tuvalu, Niue, Tokelau, Kiribati, Palau, Asmat, West Papua, and Hawaii. As American Samoa Archivist he worked with Mary J. Pritchard her book Siapo. Bark Cloth Art of Samoa, American Samoa: Council on Culture, Arts and Humanities. Survived by his wife of 38 years, Dr. VerlieAnn Malina-Wright, brother, Richard Wright (Martha R. Richardson), niece Melissa A. Wright and nephew, Scott T. Wright (Sue Wimler). Services were private. Please send condolences to 45-285 Kaneohe Bay Drive, #102, Kaneohe, HI 96744.
Our deepest condolences to the family and friends of the deceased