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Carl and Alice Daeufer

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Emeritus professor Dr. Carl Daeufer began his 35-year career at the University of Hawai'i in the College of Education where he initially supervised student teachers at the University Laboratory School. Here, he met Alice Sumie, a College of Education alumna, and the two committed educators were married in 1965.

During his career, Carl taught undergraduate and graduate courses in the college, and was actively involved in research, administration, the University of Hawai'i Professional Assembly (UHPA), overseas education development and public elementary and secondary education. He was instrumental in establishing seven public secondary schools throughout Micronesia (Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands) and in developing teacher education programs that made it possible for Micronesians to become qualified as teachers and administrators in their homelands, and was active in Hawai'i Literacy, Inc.

"Alice and I decided to establish an endowed fund which offers annual scholarships and an education lecture series because we wanted to 'give something back' to the College of Education and UH. Alice always said, 'I had favorable experiences at UH. I want to help students wishing to teach in Hawai'i by giving this scholarship.'" - Dr. Carl J. Daeufer

Alice too enjoyed a long and rewarding career at UH. She supervised student teachers at the University Laboratory School and later worked closely with the Department of Education (DOE) and state teacher's education and outreach programs while serving at the College of Continuing Education. In 1989 she retired as an assistant professor after serving as a faculty member at UH for 22 years.

The Daeufers dedicated their careers to education and while Alice passed away in 2004, through her and Carl's generous Hawai'i philanthropy they have ensured that the College of Education can offer students the support they need to become good educators.

Their impact:
  • The endowed Alice, Sumy and Carl J. Daeufer Family Scholarship in Teacher Education was first awarded in May 1998. Since then 29 scholarships have been given to aspiring teachers.
  • The Alice and Carl Daeufer Education Lecture Series focuses on issues of pre-service preparation for teachers. Ten lectures have been sponsored by the Daeufer Family Endowed Fund in conjunction the College of Education; the first three with UHPA's support.
  • Carl Daeufer has included a generous gift to the College of Education through a Charitable Gift Annuity designed to increase the Daeufer Family Endowment.


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