Walter F. Char, M.D.
Walter F. Char, 98, of Honolulu, died November 20, 2018 at Arcadia Retirement Residence. He is survived by son Bruce and daughters Lisa and Cindy; grandchildren Emma, Nick, Matt, Katie, Tim, Carolyn, and Julia; and siblings Donald Char, Charlotte Wakatsuki, and Vernon Char. Born in Honolulu, Walter graduated from McKinley High School in 1938. He then attended the University of Hawaii until World War II started. He enlisted and attended Temple Medical School, receiving his M.D. in 1945. After being discharged from the Army with the rank of Captain, he returned to Philadelphia for further medical training. While on the East Coast, Walter met Mildred Chu, also from Honolulu, who was attending Columbia University for an M.S. in Education. They married in Honolulu in 1948 and lived for 14 years in Pennsylvania, where their three children were born. He became board certified in psychiatry, child psychiatry, and psychoanalysis; was on the Temple Med faculty, and was head of the Child Psychiatry program of St. Christopher's Hospital for Children. The family returned to Hawaii in 1962. Walter became a Professor and the first chairman of the Department of Psychiatry at the John A. Burns School of Medicine at the University of Hawaii. His career in Hawaii was as a psychiatrist, teacher, academic researcher, and mentor, training hundreds of Hawaii's physicians. Walter valued raising his family with his wife, Millie, within their extended families and the Honolulu community. He traveled with Millie all over the world, and was an avid bowler, golfer, and follower of UH athletics. Visitation will be at 3:00 p.m Friday, December 14, 2018 at Community Church of Honolulu with services at: 4:00 p.m. Aloha attire. Private burial. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the UH Foundation Char Prize in Psychiatry or charity of one's choice. Arrangements Provided By: Nuuanu Memorial Park & Mortuary LLC
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