The last surviving founder
of Hawai‘i Pacific University, and a member of HPU’s
Board of Trustees, Paul C.T. Loo, was remembered at a memorial
service July 15 at St. Andrew’s Cathedral. Loo, 75, died
June 24 while on a family trip to Scotland.
“The sudden passing of Paul Loo is a profound and devastating loss for
Hawai‘i and the University,” said HPU President Chatt G. Wright. “Paul
was a close and devoted friend of mine and of the faculty, staff, and students
of HPU, for many years,” Wright added.
Loo, 42 years ago, joined three other prominent and public-spirited citizens
(Eureka Forbes, Elizabeth W. Kellerman, and Reverend Edmond Walker) in applying
for a charter of incorporation for a not-for-profit corporation to be called
Hawai‘i Pacific College. The state of Hawai‘i granted the charter
Sept. 17, 1965.
Loo served as a trustee of HPU from 1965 to 1968, and was elected again in 2004.
According to Wright, Loo’s vision in creating HPU and his service as trustee,
helped HPU become the largest private university in the state and to be internationally “recognized
for its diversity and its mission of educating students from all over the world
to be global citizens.”
Loo attended Punahou School, received a B.A. from Dartmouth College and an MBA
from the Wharton School of Finance at the University of Pennsylvania. After serving
as a U.S. Army artillery officer in Europe, he returned to Honolulu to become
the deputy chief underwriter for the Federal Housing Administration. He served
as chairman of the State Ethics Commission and president of the former Honolulu
Loo worked for Morgan Stanley for more than 45 years retiring in 2007 as its
executive director overseeing five Hawai‘i offices.
In 2006, Loo and his wife, Vi, made a generous pledge to HPU to build a performing
arts center on HPU’s windward Hawai‘i Loa campus.