Kenneth S. Norris, 74,By Helen Altonn
headed Oceanic Institute
Kenneth S. Norris, former director of the Oceanic Institute at Makapuu, a pioneering dolphin researcher and a visionary scientist, died Sunday at the University of California Medical Center in San Francisco.
He had turned 74 years old on Aug. 11.
At an International Ethological Conference here three years ago, Norris was hailed as the dean of American cetologists - zoologists who study whales - by Lou Herman, director of the Kewalo Basin Marine Mammal Laboratory.
Herman yesterday was shocked to learn of the death and said: "Ken Norris was a giant among those studying dolphins. His discoveries ran the whole gamut from dolphin sonar to dolphin societies.
"But Ken was more than a scientist. He was an incredible human being whom everyone respected and loved."
Norris was one of the founders and first president of the Marine Mammal Society, and taught some of today's leading dolphin researchers, Herman said.
"Ken was a role model for me, from the first time I met him at the Oceanic Institute in 1967.... He encouraged me in my own work with dolphins and helped me continue when things were difficult."
Norris directed the Oceanic Institute from 1961-1971 and then went to the University of California at Santa Cruz to establish a marine laboratory. He retired in Santa Cruz.
He had had a triple bypass a few years ago and suffered problems recently with leaking valves, said his son-in-law, Fred Carlson.
Carlson said most family members were with Norris throughout the night Saturday "singing to him as he slipped away. He loved music and taught his children many, many songs."
"He was a wonderful, wonderful man who affected so many people," Carlson added. "It's just amazing how many people were moved by him in deep ways."
Paul Nachtigall, head of the Marine Mammal Research Program at the Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology, said, "He was almost the father of our field.... He was a great man. He touched a lot of our lives."
An ecologist and zoologist, Norris studied dolphins for more than three decades, mostly in Hawaii.
He wrote "Dolphin Days, The Life and Times of the Spinner Dolphin" and had finished a final revision of a new book, "Mountain Time."
A jazz fan, he said in a 1995 interview here that rhythm shapes the lives of the spinner dolphins he studied in the Big Island's Kealakekua Bay. "It's like tuning up an orchestra.... There is a great cluster of whistles as the school moves along."
Among his achievements, Norris helped draft the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972 and spurred research to protect porpoises from tuna nets.
He headed a panel of scientists and experts that met on Maui in 1979 and agreed that a whale sanctuary was needed to protect humpback whales. In 1994 he said it was "time to put our passions away" and support a controversial experiment to generate underwater sounds off Kauai and California to provide more information on global warming.
Bill Friedl, director of the Center of Excellence for Research in Ocean Sciences at the Big Island's Natural Energy Laboratory, said one of the greatest tributes to Norris "obviously is going to be the students that he mentored."
"If you looked at the tree that has come out of Ken Norris, it's just filled with luminaries," he said. Friedl said he was a University of Washington undergraduate student when he first met Norris, then teaching at the University of California, Los Angeles.
He spent time with Norris in his lab during the 1964 summer break and was fascinated with his pioneering studies on dolphins' ability to echo-locate and use biological sonar, he said.
"He always considered himself to be a natural historian, not a marine mammalogist," Friedl said. "The thing about him, he knew how to ask the right questions, so his work was always this leading-edge, exciting stuff.... It always went back to his grounding in nature."
One of Norris' last professional projects was to help the University of California establish a reserve system with properties representing different habitats, his son-in-law said.
While in the hospital, Norris learned the university received a substantial grant from the Packard Foundation to help acquire and set aside the land for research and student use, Carlson said. "That was one of the really crowning touches to his life."
Survivors include wife Phylly; daughters Barbara Gaskell, and Susan and Nancy Norris; and son Richard. The family's home address is 1987 Smith Grade, Santa Cruz, CA 95060.
William K. Wild Bill Aila,79, of Waianae, who retired from Wahiawa Builders, died July 25 in Kapiolani Hospital at Pali Momi. He was also a former employee at E.E. Black Ltd. Born in Honolulu, he is survived by wife Olinda P.; sons William J., Anthony K. and Melvyn K.; stepson David Kahawai; hanai sons Joseph Kaleikini and Francis Hun; daughters Winona K. Kealoha, Grebell K. Aila and Lurline M. Sotelo; hanai daughters Jane Chung, Sandy Rassmusen and Theresa-Marie Smith; brother Thomas K.; 19 grandchildren; 39 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild. Prayer services: 7 p.m. Friday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 85-786 Old Government Road in Waianae. Call from 6 to 9 p.m. Cremation to follow. Scattering of ashes in Kona at a later date. Casual attire. No flowers.
Beatrice T. Akahiji-Higa,79, of Honolulu died Sunday. Born in Honokaa, Hawaii, she is survived by husband Richard; sons Roy, Harold and Walter; brothers Kenneth, Robert and Stanley Akahiji; sister Yoshiko Adaniya; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Services: 4 p.m. Sunday at Nuuanu Memorial Park Mortuary. Cremation to follow. Casual attire. No flowers.
Pearl Sui Hoon Ching,72, of Honolulu, who retired from Pete's Model Craft, died Aug. 11 at home. Born in Honolulu, she is survived by husband Alfred; son Russell; daughters Nadine Sakamoto, Paula Farm and Christine Fong; brother Herbert Luke; sisters Bernice Lum, Betty Yin and Mae Young; and three grandchildren. Private services.
Cristina D. De Guzman,81, of Kapaau, Hawaii died Sunday in Kohala Hospital. Born in Caguyan, the Philippines, she is survived by daughters Emma Carpio, Felina Llapitan and Virginia Tamboa; 10 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren. Wake services: 7 p.m. Friday at Sacred Heart Catholic Parish in Hawi, Hawaii. Call from 6 to 9 p.m. Mass: 10 a.m. Saturday at the parish. Call after 9 a.m. Burial: Hawi County Cemetery. Casual attire.
Linda L. Doyle,55, of Honolulu, a housing manager specialist and director of customer services in the Navy Aloha Center Housing Office at Pearl Harbor, died Aug. 1 in Kaiser Hospital. Born in Lewiston, Idaho, she is survived by sons Michael and Bill, daughter Patricia Tamerhoulet, sister Sara Lowery and five grandchildren. Mass: 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Philomena Church. Call after 9:30 a.m. Reception to follow. Burial in Portland, Ore. Aloha attire. No flowers.
John Duong,12, of Honolulu died Aug. 9 in Kapiolani Hospital. Born in Honolulu, he is survived by parents Hung Vinh and Duc Lai, and brothers Tim Lai, Kenneth and William. Services: 10 a.m. Friday at Borthwick Mortuary. Call from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Burial: Valley of the Temples.
Gordon R. Doc Gillis,85, of Honolulu, a retired administrator from Island Paradise Academy, died Sunday. He is survived by wife Mary; sons Eugene, Robert and Peter; daughters Jo Starr, Lola Wright and Elizabeth Sutter; stepchildren Gwen Bell and Pamela Kapana; 17 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. Mass: 11 a.m. Saturday at Star of the Sea Parish. Call after 10 a.m. Private scattering of ashes. Aloha attire. No flowers.
Mume Hanada,97, of Honolulu, a retired custodian at St. Mary's Episcopal Church, died Aug. 2 in Leahi Hospital. Born in Ushima Gun Yamaguchi Ken, Japan, she is survived by niece Norma Nekota, daughter-in-law Misao and sister- in-law Kimie Matsuo. Private services.
William M. Herlihy,74, of Wailuku, who retired as head maintenance for Orange County Sanitation, died Monday at home. Born in Chicopee, Mass., he is survived by stepson Terrance McGriff and sisters Irene Brough, Mary Murphy, Elsie Kessler and Betty Lorbieski. Private services. Scattering of ashes at sea.
Haruko Inouye,82, of Honolulu, a retired cafeteria worker at Roosevelt High School, died Aug. 9 in Kuakini Hospital. Born in Honolulu, she is survived by brothers William K., Isamu and Rikuo; and sisters Betty C. Nakada and Yachie Hosogi. Private services.
Loving E. Johnson,68, of Kailua died Sunday in Queen's Hospital. Born in Honolulu, he is survived by wife Willowdean; sons Conrad, Bill, Samuel, Buddy, Lee and Michael; daughters Ashlen and Kaipo Johnson, Cathleen Garcia-Johnson and Jody Hito; sisters Maggie MacKenzie and Jane DeMello; and 18 grandchildren. Services: 9 a.m. Friday at Lanikai Boat Ramp. Aloha or swimwear attire. No flowers.
Robert T. Kane Kaneshiro,80, of Honolulu, a retired Hickam Air Force Base baggage ramp supervisor, died Saturday in Queen's Hospital. Born in North Kohala, Hawaii, he is survived by wife Edith K., son Lloyd H., daughters Grace C. Arakaki and Karen K. Apostol, brother Antoku, sisters Kazuko Higa and Dorothy F. Ikehara, and five grandchildren. Services: noon Saturday at Hosoi Garden Mortuary. Casual attire. No flowers.
Helen F. Kawasaki,95, of Honolulu died Aug. 5 in Island Nursing Home. Born in Honolulu, she is survived by sons James T. and Howard M., daughter Miriam T. Matsuda, five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Private services.
George H. Kelii,80, of Kaneohe, who retired from Hawaiian Electric, died last Wednesday in Kailua. Born in Honolulu, he is survived by wife Dolores, sons George J. and William, daughters Barbara Souza and Dolores Ahlo, 18 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. Services: 12:30 p.m. Monday at Hawaiian Memorial Park Mortuary. Call after 9 a.m. Burial to follow. Aloha attire.
Asako Aunty Ne Kubo,78, of Kaneohe died Friday in Castle Hospital. Born in Kahaluu, she is survived by brothers Sadami and Joseph, and sisters Flora Kalaluhi and May Wood. Memorial services: noon Sunday at Nuuanu Memorial Park Mortuary. Casual attire. No flowers.
Helen L. Larsgaard,96, of Kaneohe, a teacher on the Big Island and Oahu, died Aug. 5 in Pohai Nani Care Center in Kaneohe. Born in Norway, Mich., she is survived by son William, daughters Norma Gunther and Diane McFaull, and five grandchildren. Services held.
Carlson Dai Fong Lee,89, of Lodi, Calif. died Sunday. Born in Honolulu, he is survived by wife Winifred, daughters Lorna S.H. Lee Louie and Lynette W.H. Lee Hasebe, brother Dai Wah, six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Private services. Contributions suggested to Parkinson's Institute for Research and Patient Care, 1170 Morse Ave., Sunnyvale, CA 94089-1605.
Keolaonalani Keola Lorenzo,26, of Haleiwa died Monday in Wahiawa General Hospital. Born in Wahiawa, he is survived by son Keolaonalani Jr.; daughters Krystlyn Lorenzo and Shadow Lindley; parents Gordon and Mary; brother Joseph; sisters Teresa Sabido, and Michelle and Linda Lorenzo; and grandmother Almeida Libby. Services: 10:30 a.m. Friday at Mililani Mortuary-Waipio, mauka chapel. Call after 8:30 a.m. Burial: Mililani Memorial Park. Casual attire. No flowers.
Conchita A. Marcello,78, of Aiea died Friday in Kailua. Born in Hilo, she is survived by sons Manuel Jr., Robert, James, Clifford, Wendell and Chad; daughters Marietta Foard and Cheryl Oshiro; brothers Thomas and Albert Anoina, Adriano Emperado and Larry Ramos; sisters Anita Cabrera, Rose Hermisa and Desiree Sheetz; 16 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren. Services: 7 p.m. Monday at Nuuanu Mortuary. Call from 6 to 9 p.m. Mass: 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Elizabeth Catholic Church in Aiea. Call after 9 a.m. Burial: Valley of the Temples. Casual attire.
Robert S. Mikami, also known as Seibo or Bobby,64, of Honolulu, a retired GTE Hawaiian Tel cable splicer supervisor, died Aug. 11 in Queen's Hospital. Born in Honolulu, he is survived by wife Hazel Y.; sons Rickey R. and Mike M.; daughter Denise Y.; brothers Raymond C., Yoshiharu, George and Herbert K.; sisters Kay K. Mikami and Nancy N. Takiguchi; and two grandchildren. Services: 6:30 p.m. tomorrow at Hosoi Garden Mortuary. Casual attire. No flowers.
Kiyo A. Morimoto,88, of Honolulu died Aug. 9 in St. Francis Hospital. Born in Hilo, he is survived by daughter Diane Fong, sisters Sue Taom and Minnie Konno, and two grandchildren. Private services.
Eddy N. Nagao,76, of Honolulu, a retired general contractor, died Saturday at home. Born in Kurtistown, Hawaii, he is survived by wife Jean Y.; sons Michael and Alan; daughters Shann and Nora; brothers the Rev. Norito and Robert Nagao and Clifford Kinji; sisters Yoshie Kimura, Kikue Kay Nishioka and Michiko Hori; and five grandchildren. Memorial services: 6 p.m. tomorrow at Borthwick Mortuary. Call after 5 p.m. Casual attire. No flowers.
Agnes Naki,62, of Honolulu died Aug. 11 in St. Francis Hospital. Born in Honolulu, she is survived by sons Samuel, Cedric, Dominic and John; daughters Ramona Naki, Lucinda Paahana, Narda Bryce, Karen Scanlan and Sheila Kujiuji; sister Mariah Hinton; 15 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Services: 7 p.m. Friday at Borthwick Mortuary. Call from 6 to 9 p.m. Services: noon Saturday at the mortuary. Call from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Burial: Hawaiian Memorial Park. Aloha attire.
Tsumoru Nii,88, of Lihue, a retired electrical contractor, died Friday in Wilcox Hospital. He was also a proprietor of Nii's Electric Shop Inc. Born in Makaweli, Kauai, he is survived by wife Hideko, daughter Gladys Fujiuchi, sons Donald and Michael, eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Services: 5 p.m. tomorrow at Lihue Hongwanji Mission. Call after 4 p.m. Casual attire. No flowers.
Shigeko Doris Okumura,70, of Kona, Hawaii died Saturday in Kona Community Hospital. Born in Kona, Hawaii, she is survived by husband Masao; sons Stan and Ernie Okumura, and Kelvin S. Kiyota;daughter Lynn Gusman; sisters Amy Otsu and Betty Tominaga; and six grandchildren. Services: 4 p.m. tomorrow at Kona Hongwanji Mission. Call after 3 p.m. Casual attire. No flowers.
Esmenia L. Paguirigan,68, of Waipahu died July 24 in Waipahu. Born in Ilocos Norte, the Philippines, she is survived by husband Pedro T.; son Mark; daughter Norma Hansen; brothers Jose Laforga, and Morris, Alfonso and Warlito Yoro; sisters Carlina and Martina Yoro, and Martha Roldan; and four grandchildren. Wake services: 7 p.m. Friday at Mililani Mortuary-Waipio, mauka chapel. Call from 6 to 9 p.m. Mass: 10 a.m. Saturday at the mortuary. Call after 8:30 a.m. Burial: Mililani Memorial Park. Casual attire.
Richard A.K. Panui,59, of Ewa Beach, who retired from Delta Construction Co., died Aug. 10 in St. Francis Hospital. Born in Honolulu, he is survived by wife Elizabeth D.; sons Richard K. Jr. and Robert K.; daughters Elizabeth H. Jose, Corinna K. Panui and Dorothy K. Alameda; brothers John L. and Charles K. Panui, and Andrew P. Kalaukoa; sisters Lorraine Ahuna, Maxine Avilla, Nora Taylor, Vida Burroughs and Bernie Hughes; and seven grandsons. Wake services: 7 p.m. Friday at Nanakuli Door of Faith Mission, 89-142 Haleakala Ave. Call from 6 to 9 p.m. Services: noon Saturday at the church. Call after 9 a.m. Burial: Mililani Memorial Park. Aloha attire.
Agnes A. Shea,67, of Honolulu, who retired from Hilton Hawaiian Village, died Aug. 7 in Queen's Hospital. Born in Lanai City, she is survived by husband William; sons William III and Frederick; daughter Taryn Aina; brothers John, Manuel and Ernest Arruda, and Stanley Gonsalves; sisters Mary Augusto, Helen Christiansen, Rose Pimental and Dorothy Sugai; and seven grandchildren. Services: 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Diamond Head Mortuary. Call after 9 a.m. Burial: Diamond Head Memorial Park. Casual attire.
Janet S. Shimizu,79, of Honolulu, a retired self-employed seamstress, died Aug. 6 in Kuakini Hospital. Born in Honolulu, she is survived by husband Chester S., daughter Iris Y. Wong, brothers David A. and Masane Muramoto, and sister Margaret Ogoshi. Private services.
Michael C.Y. Shon,48, of Kaneohe, a tax preparer for Tax Busters, died Aug. 10 in Castle Hospital. Born in Honolulu, he is survived by wife Catherine, sons Bryan and Corey, daughter Kristen, mother Katherine and brother Philip. Memorial services: 6 p.m. Friday at Nuuanu Mortuary. Casual attire. No flowers.
Evelyn Mae Simpson,81, of Princeville, Kauai, a retired registered nurse, died Sunday in Wilcox Hospital. Born in Maine, she is survived by daughters Evelyn Cook and Veronica and Sibyl Simpson, son David, sister Charlotte Parker and four grandchildren. Private services.
Gerald Smith,76, of Pearl City died Sunday in Kaiser Hospital. Born in Honolulu, he is survived by son Gerald Jr.; brother Robert; sister Joyce Hagerman; caregivers Kahealani Kamoku and Ricky Medeiros; and hanai family Kamokus and Medeiroses. Graveside services: 10:30 a.m. Monday at National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Punchbowl. Aloha attire. No flowers.
Gilbert E.D. Souza,71, of Kaneohe, owner of J.D. Souza Dairy and Souza Express Trucking, died Aug. 7 in Kuakini Hospital. Born in Kaneohe, he is survived by wife Violet; sons Gilbert Jr., George, Clarence and James; daughters Virginia Peterson and Christine Souza; brothers Downey, Richard, Leo and Theodore; sisters Irene Farias, Doris Osher and Christine Bright; and eight grandchildren. Mass: 11:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Ann's Catholic Church. Call after 9:30 a.m. Burial: Valley of the Temples. Casual attire.
Millie P. Sumida,87, of Honolulu died Aug. 7 in St. Francis Hospice. Born in Honolulu, she is survived by son Richard W., brothers Johnson and Youngson Park, sister Mae Whang, three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Private services.
Kazuo Sumiye,78, of Pepeekeo, Hawaii, a retired bridge maintenance man for the state Department of Transportation, died last Wednesday in Hilo Hospital. Born in Pepeekeo, Hawaii, he is survived by wife Shizuko M., sons Gordon and Leslie, daughter Sharon Rengill and five grandchildren. Private services.
Alec R. Baba Tabilangan,41, of Kihei, Maui, a self-employed landscaper, died Aug. 10 in Kihei, Maui. Born in Honolulu, he is survived by parents Sonny Alexander and Betty N.; grandparents Bailio and Florence Guerrero; son Chassen Lopez; daughter Chalsea Vellina; hanai daughter Molly Corpuz; brothers Black Rubin, Gary, Prince, Shane and Kory-Lee; and sisters Lynn Tabilangan and Angel Johnston. Call from 4 to 8 p.m. tomorrow at Kaunakakai Baptist Church. Services: 11 a.m. Saturday at Ballard Family Mortuary. Call after 8 a.m. Burial: Maui Memorial Park. Donations suggested to the family of Baba, c/o Angel Johnston, P.O. Box 1503, Kaunakakai, HI 96748.
Kiyoshi Ben Tamura,74, of Honolulu, a retired plumber, died last Wednesday in Los Angeles. Born in Honolulu, he is survived by daughters Cheryl and Sharlene Tamura, and Claudia Tateishi; brother Mark; and two grandchildren. Memorial services: 6 p.m. Friday at Borthwick Mortuary. Call after 5 p.m. Private inurnment. Casual attire. No flowers.
Margaret K. Tenorio,84, of Waianae died Saturday at home. Born in Laie, she is survived by sons Joseph and Abraham, daughters Margaret Pearson and Veronica Kuoha, sister Martha Kaehuaea, 30 grandchildren, 60 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren. Services: 7:30 p.m. Monday at Waianae Pentacostal Faith Mission, 85-179 Waianae Valley Road. Call after 5:30 p.m. Call again after 9 a.m. Tuesday at the mission. Burial: National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Punchbowl. Aloha attire.
Dale E. Tetterington,83, of Kailua-Kona, Hawaii and Albuquerque, N.M., owner of Jill's Bakery, died Sunday in Keauhou Rehabilitation Health-Care Center. He also served as first lieutenant in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. Born in Mankato, Minn., he is survived by wife Christina; daughters Lynn Tetterington and Jill Alfrey; stepson Allan MacKay; stepdaughters Heather Sutherland, and Rhona and Robyn MacKay; brother Wilmer; sisters Joyce Pierce and Beth Passage; and five grandchildren. Memorial services: 10 a.m. tomorrow at the Honaunau Boat Ramp by City of Refuge, Kona, Hawaii. Casual attire. No flowers.
Tomeyo P. Urakami,73, of Hakalau, Hawaii died Thursday in Hilo Hospital. Born in Waiakea, Hawaii, she is survived by husband Tadayuki, son Alan, daughter Debra Ahtoong, sister Jeann Allen, five grandchildren and a great-grandchild. Private services.
Sumiko Watanabe,53, of Honolulu, a waitress at Hoku's at the Kahala Mandarin Oriental Hotel, died Aug. 9 in Queen's Hospital. Born in China, she is survived by mother Masue, brother Minezo and sisters Shoko Nakai and Nobuko Hale. Memorial services: 3 p.m. Sunday at the beachside of the Kahala Mandarin Oriental Hotel. Aloha attire. No flowers.
Primitivo A. Yacap,70, of Vallejo, Calif. and formerly of Hawaii, a retired carpenter for Golden Gate Drywall, died Sunday in Vallejo, Calif. He was also a real estate broker. Born in Hawaii, he is survived by wife Filomena, daughters Amy Moore and Amelia Yacap, sons Ernesto Garrie and Edward Yacap, sisters Consolacion Yacap and Magdalena Yacap-Aquino, brother Manuel Arera and three grandchildren. Services: 11:45 a.m. Tuesday at St. George Catholic Church. Call after 10 a.m. Burial: Hawaiian Memorial Park.
Soon Ok Yim,67, of Hilo died Sunday in Hilo Hospital. Born in Korea, she is survived by husband Chang Hyon; son Tae Sik; daughters Hye Young Yim, Hye Sook Isazawa, Hye Kyong Lewis and Hye Son Chong; and 12 grandchildren. Services: 2 p.m. tomorrow at Dodo Mortuary. Call after 1 p.m. Burial: Homelani Memorial Park. Casual attire.