Executive Profile
Friday, January 22, 1999

Name: Robert C. Oshiro
Age: 74
Position: Board chairman, The Queen's Health Systems
First job: Pineapple picker
Favorite pastime: Enjoy Hawaiian music

Queen's Health selects chairman

Robert C. Oshiro will lead The Queen's Health Systems' board of trustees. He replaces Kenneth F. Brown, who is retiring after 10 years as chairman.

"Historically, Queens has an obligation to the state of Hawaii, all of the people, with primary concern for native Hawaiians," Oshiro said.

He became a trustee of The Queen's Medical Center in 1976, and was named to the Queen's Health Systems board in 1985. Oshiro chaired The Queen's Cancer Institute from 1987 to 1989. Oshiro became chairman of The Queen Emma Foundation in 1989, and in 1993 assumed the full-time position as its chairman and chief executive officer. The foundation oversees more than 13,000 acres of real estate assets that support health care programs. Oshiro had a 40-year private law practice and served 11 years in the state legislature and six years as chairman of the Hawaii Democratic Party.

By Jerry Tune, Star-Bulletin

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