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Saunders Endowment to Support Lifelong Learning
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Saunders Endowment to Support Lifelong Learning

Recognizing Allan and Marion Saunders' personal and professional commitment to education, the Colleges of Arts & Sciences are grateful that The Allan and Marion Saunders Lifelong Learning Endowment in Arts & Sciences will be established by will bequest. This endowment honors Allan Saunders, former dean of Arts & Sciences who served as a role model for academic leaders and the community, and his wife, Marion, a founding and active member of the League of Women Voters of Honolulu who has served every level of education in the State. Together, this dynamic couple influenced many young people who became Hawaii's leaders in politics, government, education, law, and business. The endowment will support the Academy for Lifelong Learning whose mission is to promote opportunities for lifelong learning, leadership, personal growth, and community service through workshops, lecture series, intergenerational collaborative efforts, and other activities.

The combined energy and talent of Allan and Marion fostered integral changes in University and the community. Allan Saunders devoted 20 years of service to the University which included serving as professor and chair of Political Science and dean of the College of Arts & Sciences. He is remembered by his students – among them Daniel Inouye, Richard Kosaki, Shunichi Kimura and Ralph Miwa – and colleagues as valuing the worth of the individual above all else. Saunders effected everyone he touched and made great strides in spreading the value of tolerance both on campus and in our community.

At Dean Saunders' 1989 memorial service, Judge Shunichi Kimura recalled how valuable Saunders' lectures on the importance of dissent were when Kimura had to deal with dissenters as four-term mayor of the Big Island. Kimura recalled a twoword lesson Dean Saunders had written to him on the back of an old envelope. "Humane governance," it said.

Allan Saunders founded the Hawai'i chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union and, with Marion, the Hawai'i chapter of the League of Women Voters. Dean Saunders is also credited for saving the aloha shirt on campus when the governor banned territorial employees from wearing them in 1953. He organized a membership of informal dressers known as "Faculty Wearers of Aloha Shirts, Tails Out."

Devoted to educational opportunities for women, Mrs. Saunders was a pioneering force in bringing women to the Manoa campus. After receiving her MA in Psychology from UH in 1960, she organized and directed Continuing Education for Women which included developing year-round seminars for women returning to the University. She initiated the Woman-in-Residence program that brought Caroline Bird, Kay Clarenback, Bernice Sandler, and Eva Schindler-Rainman to Hawai'i to share their knowledge with the University community. Her efforts were so successful that she was appointed to the governor's commission on the Status of Women in 1971. Mrs. Saunders worked with the trust territories of the pacific bringing Pacific Island students to campus and subsequently was elected as a member of the State Board of Education. She currently serves on the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights and chairs the Education Committee of the Hawai'i League of Women Voters.

The Saunders have been inspirational in their professional and personal contributions to education and civil rights causes. Today, as Mrs. Saunders continues her efforts to improve both lower and higher education in the State, we are pleased that she has bestowed such generosity on the Colleges of Arts & Science. The endowment will help all of us remember the legacy of the Saunders accomplishments in an arena so close to their hearts – the University, especially the Arts & Sciences.

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