Edna (Doar) Gehring '70, MSED '72
Edna (Doar) Gehring ’70, MSED ’72, affectionately known as “Aunty Edna,” was honored at Pacific’s 58th annual Lu’au in April 2018 just before her retirement. She has been a longtime alumna, mentor, and friend of Pacific. She worked at the University since 1983, starting in the admissions office recruiting students from Hawaiʻi. Since then she has been the director of the Underserved in Sight Health Careers Opportunity Program for the College of Optometry; the director of Multicultural Services and Learning Support Services for Students with Disabilities; the director of the Hawai’i Outreach and Programming Office; and the advisor for Nā Haumāna O Hawaiʻi, Pacific’s Hawaiʻi Club, promoting the spirit of the islands and the ohana dynamics among all students interested in the history and culture of Hawaiʻi. She was the recipient of the David and Sandy Lowe Outstanding Alumni Service Award in 2005 for her contributions of time, service, and talents to Pacific. She has empowered and inspired thousands of students to discover themselves and their passions. Pacific’s strong reputation as an outstanding college destination and mainland experience stems largely from the individual attention and guidance she has given to each of the students regardless of background. Aunty Edna has been invaluable as an educator and mentor for all Pacific students, and her daily presence on campus will be greatly missed.