Former bank executive honored for cancer work
Efforts to promote the importance of research earn praise
John W. Landgraf, who recently retired as First Hawaiian Bank's executive vice president, has been honored for increasing public awareness of cancer and the importance of cancer research.
Landgraf was selected for the annual Mauka Makai Award from the Friends of the Cancer Research Center of Hawaii. He was the Friends' president for the past seven years.
The award recognizes his leadership and significant contributions to increasing community awareness of cancer research, treatment and education and his commitment to help raise funds for the Cancer Research Center of Hawaii.
Dr. Carl-Wilhelm Vogel, the center's director, said, "John was able to recruit a dynamic group of associates and community leaders to work with the Friends."
Landgraf, who credited the late Monsignor Charles Kekumano for inviting him to join the Friends' board in 1995, said, "The Hawaii community should embrace and support its Cancer Research Center where all donations received remain in Hawaii."
Landgraf is chairman of the Friends of Hawaii Charities' Sony Open Events' Dream Cup and serves on the St. Andrew's Priory School Board of Trustees.
He will be honored Saturday at the Mauka Makai Merchant Street Octoberfest, the Friends' annual fund-raiser for the Cancer Research Center at Murphy's Bar & Grill.
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