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Posted on: Saturday, January 2, 2010

Other notable deaths

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Here's a list of some of the other people who died in 2009 after touching our lives:

• William E. Aull, 77, died April 24. Chairman of Hawaii Pacific University's Board of Trustees and retired Hawaiian Trust Co. president and CEO.

• Fred Bakutis, 96, died Oct. 4. Retired U.S. Navy rear admiral who opened up Barbers Point to surfers and allowed fishermen to snag bait fish in Pearl Harbor.

• Johnny Baldwin, 71, died May 13. Maui businessman, philanthropist and a descendant of prominent missionary families.

• William "Bunny" Brown III, 90, died April 30. Patriarch of one of Hawaii's great music families.

• Alfred Chamizo, 83, died Aug. 25. Federal retiree and avid courtroom watcher known as "Courthouse Al."

• Walter A.Y.H. Chinn, 70, died April 4. Longest-serving senior chief clerk in U.S. Judiciary.

• Nora Cooper, 86, died Aug. 2. Retired editor of The Maui News and "great matriarch" of Maui Publishing Co.

• George Hogan, 95, died May 7. Noted architect who designed Hamilton Library and numerous homes and high rises.

• Jim Hutchison, 75, died April 16. Longtime force in Hawaii theater as a performer, director and teacher.

• Robert K. Inouye, 77, died Aug. 18. Younger brother of U.S. Sen. Daniel K. Inouye and retired insurance executive.

• Elissa Josephsohn, 60, died Aug. 20. Publicist and theater lover who helped bring Broadway shows to the Islands.

• Samuel Kramer, 94, died Jan. 31. Men's apparel pioneer and owner of Kramer's Men's Wear stores.

• Herman T.F. Lum, 82, died Jan. 26. Chief justice of the Hawaii Supreme Court, 1983 to 1993.

• Margaret K. Machado, 93, died Dec. 28. Hawaii Living Treasure and master of Hawaiian lomilomi.

• Jesse Mahelona, 26, died Sept. 5. Former NFL defensive end and University of Tennessee All-American.

• Zachary Mar, 19, died Jan. 18. Silver and bronze medalist at 2007 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Shanghai.

• George Martin, 84, died Jan. 14. Influential ILWU leader who helped shape the future of his native Big Island.

• Ellen Masaki, 81, died Sept. 7. Acclaimed piano teacher who inspired thousand of students over a 60-year career.

• Joshua Neves, 3, died June 19. Youngest Hawaii victim of H1N1 influenza.

• G. Raymond Nunn, 90, died April 8. University of Hawaii professor emeritus of history and Asian Studies and author of 19 books.

• Claude Ortiz, 87, died July 3. Rodeo rider, saddle maker, champion weightlifter, foster parent and Navy veteran known as the "Aloha Cowboy."

• Chris Pablo, 59, died Dec. 9. Cancer awareness crusader and friend to other cancer victims.

• Bernard Punikaia, 78, died Feb. 25. Activist, composer, musician and educator who fought for the rights of others afflicted with Hansen's disease.

• Ira Rohter, 69, died June 22. UH political science professor and co-founder of the Hawaii Green Party in 1991.

• Clarence Shima, 93, died April 27. Founder of Shima's Market in Waimanalo.

• Ronald Takaki, 70, died May 26. Former Palolo resident and surfer who become an accomplished author, teacher and pre-eminent scholar in multicultural studies.

• Henry T. Takitani, 85, died July 6. Education advocate who served in state House of Representatives, 1968-1970, and Senate, 1971-1980.

• Francisco Flores "Corky" Trinidad Jr., 69, died Feb. 13. Award-winning Honolulu Star-Bulletin editorial cartoonist.

• David E. Walters, 65, died Oct. 17. Kauai resort and residential developer who gave millions to charity.

• Olga Waterhouse, 91, died Nov. 4. Republican campaigner and first chairwoman of Honolulu Police Commission.

• Mary Civille "Sue" Wesselkamper, 66, died Jan. 3. President of Chaminade University.

• Herbert Wolff, 83, died April 17. Retired U.S. Army major general who led the effort to save Battery Randolph at Fort DeRussy and founded the Hawaii Army Museum Society.

• Edward Alvey Wright, 100, died Feb. 5. Retired rear admiral, former Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard commander and state transportation director under Govs. John Burns and George Ariyoshi.

• Bob Young, 76, died Jan. 9. Photojournalist who documented "the golden age" of surfing in Hawaii.

Died while serving their country:

• Army Staff Sgt. Randy Agno, 29, of Kapaa, Kauai, died May 8 of a noncombat injury suffered in Iraq. He was assigned to the 25th Infantry Division at Schofield Barracks.

• Army Staff Sgt. Raphael A. Futrell, 26, of Anderson, S.C., died March 25 of a noncombat-related incident in Baghdad. Futrell was with the 8th Theater Sustainment Command at Fort Shafter.

• Army Spc. Casey Hills, 23, of Salem, Ill., died June 24 of injuries sustained in a vehicle crash in Iraq. He was assigned to the Hawaii-based 100th Battalion, 442nd Infantry, of the Army Reserves.

• Marine Lance Cpl. Alfonso Ochoa Jr., 20, of Armona, Calif., was killed in action Oct. 10 in Afghanistan. He was assigned to the Kaneohe-based 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment.

• Army Sgt. Jasper Obakrairur, 26, of Hilo, died May 31, after a homemade bomb exploded near his vehicle in Afghanistan. He was assigned to 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry) at Fort Drum, N.Y.

• Army Sgt. Devin C. Poche, 25, of Jacksonville, N.C., died March 31 in a noncombat-related incident in Iraq. He was assigned to the 25th Infantry Division at Schofield Barracks.

• Air Force 1st Lt. Roslyn L. Schulte, 25, died May 20 near Kabul of wounds suffered from an improvised explosive device. She was assigned to the headquarters of Pacific Air Forces at Hickam and was the Air Force Academy's first female graduate to be killed in either Iraq or Afghanistan.

• Army Spc. Christopher P. Sweet, 28, of Kahului, Maui, died Feb. 6 in Iraq as the result of a noncombat incident. The Maui High School graduate was assigned to the 172nd Separate Infantry Brigade out of Germany.

• Coast Guard Capt. Thomas G. Nelson, 42, of Staten Island, N.Y.; Lt. Cmdr. Andrew Wischmeier, 44, of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; Petty Officer 1st Class David Skimin, 38, of San Bernardino, Calif.; and Petty Officer 2nd Class Joshua Nichols, 27, of Gloucester, Va., were killed Sept. 4 when a HH-65 Dolphin rescue helicopter went down off Honolulu airport during a training flight.