Saturday, April 17, 1999

Claude Caver, 77,
wide-ranging career
as islands physician

By Harold Morse


Dr. Claude Vernon Caver, 77, of Honolulu, well-known dermatologist and cosmetic surgeon, died Wednesday in Tripler Hospital.

Born in Comanche, Texas, he eventually became physician in charge of the Hansen's Disease Facility at Kalaupapa, Molokai, during years 1950-52.

He later went into private practice in Honolulu and became a consultant on Hansen's disease to the state Department of Health.

He was on the staff at Queen's, St. Francis, Wahiawa, Kahuku, Castle, Children's and Kuakini hospitals.

His education included bachelor's and medical degrees from the University of Texas, and his early medical career included an internship at Queen's Hospital.

He performed both active and reserve Navy service and later served with reserve components of the Air Force. Graduating from the Command and Staff College and School of Aerospace Medicine, he rose to the rank of lieutenant colonel.

Earlier, he was on the staff of Southwestern Medical Foundation at Dallas and later entered the University of Pennsylvania graduate school of medicine before returning to Hawaii to serve at Kalaupapa.

His affiliations included Hawaii and Honolulu County medical societies, Hawaii Dermatology Society, Pacific Dermatology Association, American Academy of Dermatology, Hawaiian Academy of Science and International Society of Tropical Dermatology.

He is survived by wife, Ceferina “Cete” and a nephew.

Services: Graveside at 2 p.m. Monday in Hawaiian Memorial Park.


Bullet George De Aguiar, 93, of Hilo, a retired truck driver helper with the former Hilo Sugar Plantation, died Thursday in Hilo Hospital. Born in Paauilo, Hawaii, he is survived by sons Gilbert and James, daughters Eve Hayselden and Jane Sweeny, 12 grandchildren, and 17 great-grandchildren. Services: 12:15 p.m. Tuesday at St. Joseph Catholic Church. Call from 10 a.m. to noon. Burial: Homelani Memorial Park. Casual attire.

Bullet Estrella B. Calma, 85, of Lahaina died Wednesday in Hale Makua. Born in Ilo Ilo, the Philippines, she is survived by husband Fernadico; daughters Elaine Hiraki, Fausta “Chris” Torres, Magdelene Anoba, Isabelle Lambayan, Gloria Perreira, Loretta “Lolly” Corniel and Pearl Y. Collins; brother Cornelio Bancaco; sisters Petronella Flores and Rosila Ramos; 22 grandchildren; and 32 great-grandchildren. Mass: 7 p.m. Friday at Maria Lanakila Church. Call from 6 to 9 p.m. Services: 10 a.m. next Saturday at Borthwick Mortuary-Norman's. Call after 9 a.m. Burial: Maui Memorial Park. Casual attire.

Bullet Henrietta S. Chang, also known as “Kay” or “Katie,” 86, of Kaneohe, a retired nurse at Hawaii State Hospital, died April 8 in Honolulu. Born on Maui, she is survived by daughter Delta C. Zuttermeister, son Elliott R., hanai daugh ter Betty Wong, hanai sons Valentine Hee and Howard Hayashi, sister Annie Torres, brother Peter Santos, 21 grandchildren, 40 great-grandchildren, and three great- great-grandchildren. Services: 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Hawaiian Memorial Park Mortuary. Call from 6 to 9 p.m. Services: 11:15 a.m. Friday at the mortuary. Call after 8:30 a.m. Burial: Hawaiiam Memorial Park. Aloha attire.

Bullet Jeane J. Chipchase, 80, of Honolulu died Wednesday in Kaiser Hospital. Born in Georgia, she is survived by children Beverly C. Schulte and Anne M. and Calvert G. Chipchase; hanai son James P. Schulte; and five grandchildren. Mass: noon Thursday at Our Lady of Peace Cathedral. Call after 11 a.m. Graveside services: Hawaiian Memorial Park. No flowers. Donations suggested to Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders, 1050 Ala Moana, Honolulu, HI.

Bullet Ann K. Davidson, 81, of Honolulu died April 3. Born in Kalaupapa, she is survived by daughter Jacqueline B. Thompson, and goddaughter Loke Gelacio. Private services.

Bullet Margaret M. DeCorte, 75, of Honolulu died Thursday in Kaiser Hospital. Born on Maui, she is survived by sons Dennis, Ronald, Thomas, James and Francis; daughters Palma Cabos and Irma DeCorte; brothers Domingo, Steven, Joseph and Marco Molina; sisters Virginia Chock and Clara Torres; 13 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Mass: 12:30 p.m. Tuesday at Our Lady of the Mount Church. Call after 10:30 a.m. Burial: National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Punchbowl. Casual attire.

Bullet Jean T.M. Egusa, 79, of Kaunakakai, a former registered nurse, died April 9 in Molokai General Hospital. She was also owner, operator and founder of the Friendly Market Center Ltd. Born in Honolulu, she is survived by husband Alexander, sons Alan and Jeffery, daughter Judy, brothers Mike and Eugene Machida, sister Emmie Yamashita, and two grandchildren. Memorial services held.

Bullet Kojo Gushiken, 83, of Hawi, Hawaii, a retired tractor driver for the former Kohala Sugar Co., died Wednesday in Kohala Hospital. Born in Kohala, Hawaii, he is survived by wife Matsue; sons George, Alvin and Glenn; daughters Helen Bryant, Amy Tominaga, Joanne Antonio and Suzie Arakaki; brothers Kotoku, Barney, Ronald and Henry; sisters Ellen Uehara and Nancy Moromisato; 12 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. Services: 11 a.m. Tuesday at Dodo Mortuary. Call after 10 a.m. Cremation to follow. Services over ashes: 2 p.m. Wednesday at Kohala Jodo Mission. Call after 1 p.m. Casual attire. No flowers.

Bullet Terry T. Kono, 77, of Ewa Beach, a retired U.S. Navy carpenter, died Wednesday. Born in Ewa, he is survived by wife Violet; sons Norman, Warren and Milton; daughter Sharlene Hirai; brother Ralph; sisters Grace Nishida and Evelyn Kosaka; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Memorial services: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Nuuanu Mortuary. Casual attire. No flowers.

Bullet Bernice A. Mottley, 68, of Honolulu died April 8. Donations suggested to St. Francis Hospice. Incorrect information for an obituary published yesterday provided by the mortuary.

Bullet Valerie N. Shimabuku, 48, of Kaneohe, a secretary for the Hawaii State Hospital, died Thursday in Queen's Hospital. Born in Honolulu, she is survived by parents Kamekichi and Mildred, and sisters Linda Tamashiro and Kathleen Shimabuku. Services: 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Kaneohe First Ward, Waikalua Chapel. Call after 9:30 a.m.

Bullet Maoti N. Te‘o, 69, of Kahuku died Sunday in Castle Hospital. Born in Fasitootai, Western Samoa, she is survived by sons Gary and Larry; brothers Ene and Sauaina Nautu; sisters Sula Saumaileone, Faye and Susi Nautu and Galitele Tauiliili; and six grandchildren. Services: 10 a.m. Tuesday at Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Laie, Hawaii North Stake Chapel. Call after 9 a.m. Burial: Laie Cemetery. Casual attire.

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