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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                   June 26, 2007

Release No. M-68-07

 

STATEMENT OF MAYOR MUFI HANNEMANN

ON PASSING OF RON WRIGHT AND PAUL LOO

 

On Ron Wright:

 

            “Gail and I are deeply saddened over the passing of Ron Wright, who was a dear friend of many, many years.

 

            “Ron made his mark in the visitor industry as the long-time managing director of Continental Airlines.  But he continued his active leadership in travel and tourism circles and was unstinting in his contributions to the industry and our island economy.

 

            “Knowing of his dedication and can-do attitude, I appointed him to co-chair the Honolulu 100 Centennial Celebration Commission that planned the anniversary of the City’s founding.  Of course, he did a fabulous job in organizing a celebration we’ll long remember, but that was so typical of the leadership and energy he brought to every task..

 

            “He was not only a personal friend, but a friend of Hawaii.  His aloha for the people of these islands will fill our hearts and memories for years to come.  Gail and I extend our condolences to Lauren.”

 

On Paul Loo:

 

            “Paul’s untimely death comes as a shock to anyone who knew him.  His enthusiasm for work kept him at Dean Witter for nearly 50 years, and he never tired of devoting his time, talents, and ideas to the betterment of our society throughout his life.

 

            “He was one of our most influential business leaders and a philanthropist without equal.  I met him about 20 years ago when I was with C. Brewer and Company and he was serving on the board.  I saw him just weeks ago at the Chaminade University commencement and a Hawaii Pacific University alumni awards ceremony, and he was as upbeat and positive as ever.

 

            “Paul will be missed, but his amazing legacy in business, as a founder of HPU, and in so many other endeavors will live on.

 

            “Gail and I extend our condolences to Vi; son Rodney, who helped me on my first campaign; daughter Pamela; and the entire Loo ohana during this difficult time.”

 

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Tuesday, June 26, 2007

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