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Saunders Hall Dedicated

The dedication of Saunders Hall – to the memory of Marion and Allan Saunders -took place on Monday afternoon, April 22. Thanks in part to a lengthy article about the Saunders in Sunday's paper – written by Dick Kosaki, a former student and colleague of Allan's – there was a crowd of perhaps 160. UH Regent Ah Quon McElrath spoke, followed by President Dobelle – who urged all males present to dig their shirttails out in memory of the style that Allan legitimized and made famous on the campus.

Penny Pagliaro, who worked with Marion in the Continuing Education for Women program, spoke of Marion, and Roger Fonseca of the ACLU spoke about Allan. Both were eloquent.

The program was opened with an oli by Leaguer Libby Oshiyama, a friend and Education Committee co worker of Marion's; and it was closed with a blessing of the building by Reverend Darrow Aiona, who served with Marion on the school board.

The reception which followed occasioned a number of reunions among old friends, some of whom had not seen one another for some time. For many, it was a memorable occasion.

The picture shown will be posted in Saunders Hall, and there will be a plaque bearing the message shown below:

Both separately and together, Allan and Marion Saunders worked to build the University of Hawaii and the post-World War II community of Hawaii. On campus, Allan Saunders was a legendary professor of government; Marion launched the precursor to Women's Studies and Worked with the East-West Center. They strongly influenced a great many of those who became leaders in Hawaii and in Micronesia.

Allan Saunders (1897-1989) came to the University in 1945 and remained an influential figure on campus until his retirement in 1966first as an outstanding professor, then as courageous leader of the Faculty Senate, later as Dean of Arts and Sciences. In the community, he was instrumental in launching the Hawaii chapter of the ACLU, the League of Women Voters, the Ethics Commission, and in revising the penal code. He was also the legitimizer of aloha shirts as professorial wear. Marion Hollenbach (1908-1998) came to Hawaii in 1946 to marry Allan. After serving as educational administrator for students from the Pacific Islands Trust Territory, she joined the East-West Center's Institute for Student Interchange as a program officer. Later she served on the Board of Education, and afterward as a courageous critic of public education in Hawaii. One of her last projects was helping to launch the Academy for Lifelong Learning at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

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