LESLIE W.S. LUM / 1919-2006
Hawaii judge served in Army during WWII
When World War II broke out, Leslie W.S. Lum interrupted his law school studies at the University of Michigan, returned to Maui and enlisted in the Army. After the war, Lum completed his law degree, was elected president of the Hawaii State Bar Association and won appointment to the state bench.
Lum died Feb. 24. He was 86.
He began his legal career working in the Honolulu City Attorney's Office, then later became a partner in the law firm Heen, Kai, Dodge and Lum.
In the 1960s, Lum opened his own office in the Alexander Young Hotel Building in downtown Honolulu with his wife, Mary, serving as legal assistant and office manager.
In 1971, Lum was elected president of the Hawaii State Bar Association. His daughter-in-law Sarah Lum said a highlight of his term was traveling to England and donning a top hat and morning suit to meet the queen.
He was appointed in 1984 to two consecutive two-year terms as a per diem judge for Honolulu District Court.
He is survived by son Michael J., daughter Cora Lum-Cardwell, brother Wa Hop, sister Ah Lu and three grandchildren. Services were private.