UH Hilo administration announces death of former Chancellor Edward J. Kormondy

UH Hilo administration announces death of former Chancellor Edward J. Kormondy
UH Hilo officials announced on Monday that former Chancellor Edward J. Kormondy has died. (Image: University of Hawaii at Hilo)

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA (HawaiiNewsNow) - University of Hawaii at Hilo officials announced on Monday that former Chancellor Edward J. Kormondy has died.

Kormondy, 91, died at his home in Los Angeles, California on April 28.

He was UH Hilo's chancellor from 1986 to 1993, and held the longest term for chancellor at the time since UH Hilo became a four-year university in 1970.

In his seven-year term, Kormondy's accomplishments included overseeing a large increase in enrollment, as well as the establishment of major outreach centers in Hawaiian language and volcanology.

Kormondy also became a regular donor to the University of Hawaii System in 1987, and created an endowed fund to support the professional development of faculty and staff at UH Hilo.

"Chancellor Kormondy's contributions have had a lasting impact on UH Hilo," said Maria Sakai, interim chancellor at UH Hilo. "Much of what he accomplished set the stage for future growth and development that took place years after his retirement."

Kormondy is survived by his partner Noriaki Nakano, his children Lynn, Eric (Janet), and Mark (Susan) Kormondy, his grand and great grandchildren, and sister-in-law Shirley Kormondy.

Based on Kormondy's wishes, no memorial service is planned and the family gathered privately to scatter his ashes.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to carry on his education legacy in the Kormondy-Hedrick Scholarship in the Life Sciences at Tusculum University, Alumni Office, P.O. Box 5040, Greeneville, TN 37743, or in another scholastic charity.

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