Remembering Hank Morrow

Tributes from Dr. Satoru Izutsu and Terry Gerber

Hank Morrow was both a "MAC" and a "PC"--and he was at JABSOM longer than either one.

We are sad to report that Hank Morrow of the Office of Information Technology passed away recently of cancer.

Hank enjoyed his work...choosing it over a retirement he more than qualified for. Two of his longtime co-workers wrote up a little something for all of us to enjoy, as we remember Hank.

By Satoru Izutsu, Vice Dean

Henry (Hank) Murrow joined the John A. Burns School of Medicine in the late 1960s. His work station was in the Biomedical Building located on the main University of Hawai'i at Mānoa campus. He worked hard to introduce the intricacies of Information Technology into the school of medicine.

Hank was always patient, with a smile. No matter how complicated a task seemed, Hank was ready to help. He always returned every call. His attitude was, "Let’s see…we’ll figure it out."

I often felt as though I was imposing on his valuable time, especially when, for a number of years, I was one of the few in the building with a MAC computer. Patiently, true to his personality, Hank taught me to survive. He never said, “Why don’t you convert to a PC? It’ll make things so much easier.”

His quiet, unassuming manner was contagious. In his own way, he went about his tasks quietly and efficiently to make things work.

He was a true professional. He accepted each situation in a quiet, unassuming, and confidential manner. Those who worked with him trusted that his personal integrity and judgment were beyond question.

Hank will be missed, especially his friendliness and kindness to all of us. His service at JABSOM will be long remembered.

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By Terry Gerber, of OIT

The JABSOM IT department as well as the School of Medicine has lost a long time employee, colleague and friend.

Hank was always a very private person in the work place. His professionalism clearly separated his personal and private life. I believe that this was not because he did not want to let his colleagues into his personal life, it was because he cared about others lives and felt that he did not want to impose. Hank preferred it that way, and we respected that.

Hank Morrow has worked for the University of Hawai‘i for more years than anyone knows, and I am proud to say that I have had the pleasure of working with him for the past 10 years in the IT department. I can only imagine the number of people that he has touched. I certainly am one of the lucky ones.

Hank was always dependable, and rarely ever missed work – so much so that he was always donating his extra unused vacation hours every year. It shows his dedication, loyalty and generosity. But more than this, shows us that he cares about those that he served. Hank often spent his weekends on the Mānoa campus, helping out old friends with whatever help they needed.

One thing you may have noticed if you have been around the IT department the past few years is – we seem to always have some sort of snack available to munch on. Hank was usually the one to bring something in to replenish our supply. Aside from being our personal sustenance provider, he is also a master solitaire player.

We who worked with him closely know that hidden in Hank was a jester. An employee who worked in close proximity to the Helpdesk area walked over to see Hank at his desk. After inquiring and asking for assistance from Hank, he flatly told her to go back to her desk and call Helpdesk. Puzzled, she did go back to her desk and called the Helpdesk line which was promptly answered by whom? Hank of course! The lady then proceeded to tell him that she was just there talking to him and that she needed some assistance, and that he just instructed her to call and that is why she is calling. With a slight chuckle, Hank said, I can help you now!"

In talking to an employee who worked in the Biomed building on the Mānoa campus when Hank was there, she said that Hank was always willing to help whoever needed assistance, and was always pleasant to be around. Having a career this long, Hank touched many lives and this is the Hank that we will miss, a professional who was generous and helpful to everyone.

If we learn of services, we will let you know

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