This is based on a history by Agnes Niyekawa written probably in 1995 or 1996, supplemented with documents from the following years. Corrections and additions are most welcome.

Following up on a suggestion made by Chancellor Dick Kosaki at a reception for retirees in the Spring of 1985, one Wytze Gorter sent out 341 questionnaires to retired faculty on September 16th to gauge their interest in establishing a retiree’s association. All but five of the 201 who responded supported the idea. All but one of them were willing to pay “as much as $5” dues, and 75 volunteered to help organize and/or operate the association.
The first meeting was held 22 January 1986, a party in the Campus Center Ballroom, with Gorter the first president. By that time, the FRA had changed its name to FRAUHM, but it was noted that the “Faculty” at the beginning of the name and the “Manoa” at the end were not meant to exclude retirees from other campuses, or retired staff.
Quick links to academic years:

Officers and Board members, 1988-1989

Elected Officers


Sidney Townsley

1st Vice President:

Harold Jambor

2nd Vice President:

Hazel Kramer


Katherine Wery


Toshio Yatsushiro

Members-at-large of the Board of Directors

Edward M. Barnet

David Crowell

Jane Fellmeth

Jane Fultz

Shirley Kamens

Wallace Mitchell


Wytze Gorter


09/22 Dan Boylan and Dan Tuttle, “Issues and Personalities in Politics”
10/20 (postponed: Dr. Walter Pearce of Straub Clinic, “Sleep Disorders”
11/?? Outing to Hiram Fong’s plantation; bus provided by FRAUHM
01/19 Jeanette Takamura (Executive Office on Aging), “Long Term Care for the Aged”
02/16 Peter Adler (Director, Alternative Dispute Resolution of the Hawaii Supreme Court), “Dispute Resolution Alternatives to Litigation”
03/29 General meeting and election; beverage and pupus
04/20 Dr. Walter Pearce, “Sleep Disorders”?

Important Board Decisions and Discussions

02/18 Pres. Townsley noted that the by-laws specified that a two-member committee appointed by the President and approved by the Board was to audit the financial records. Ex-officio Gorter said it wasn’t necessary as long as the UH Foundation was handling FRAUHM finances.