DOROTHY “DOLLY” CHING/1924-2015
DOROTHY DOLLY CHING / 1924-2015 Prominent Business and Community Leader Dorothy "Dolly" Kimura Ching passed away on June 2, 2015, at the age of 90. Dolly led an extraordinary life as a businesswoman, community leader and women's advocate. Dolly was born in Honolulu on June 26, 1924. She attended Kauai High School and the University of Hawaii. She was a school teacher, and worked at the Territorial House of Representatives. In 1957, she began her career at Bank of Hawaii. For years, she faced gender inequality but with determination, she shattered the glass ceiling, becoming the first woman at Bank of Hawaii to hold executive management positions. In 1972, she married the late Francis M.F. Ching who served as Mayor of Kauai from 1972-1974. After a long and illustrious career at Bank of Hawaii, Dolly retired in 1994 as Executive Vice-President and Director of Governmental Affairs. She then received an interim appointment to the Hawaii State Senate. Dolly touched many lives and mentored countless individuals, especially young people (her "kids"). By nurturing their personal and professional development, she helped them achieve success in business, government, law and community service. Dolly chaired the Hawaii Judicial Selection Commission and served on numerous boards and commissions, including the East-West Center, Girl Scouts of America and Bishop Museum. She received awards from the YMCA and Hawaii Women Lawyers. She established a scholarship fund for Kauai residents attending college in the University of Hawaii system. Dolly loved her family and devoted her life to them. She is survived by her daughter, Lynn Fallin, sisters, Amy Gokan, and Rose Yasuhara, two grandchildren, Aric Fallin and Jennifer Fallin, and four great-grandchildren, Kaya, Freedom, Emma and Ilikea. Private services were held.
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