Patricia Ching Ho And Galen Ho
Maryknoll School honors one of its own April 25 at Hilton Hawaiian Village. That’s the night Galen Ho joins the ranks of Dr. Livingston Wong, Cha and Jack Thompson, Dr. Jorge Camara, Wally Yonamine and former Gov. George Ariyoshi as a recipient of the Charles A. Kekumano Noblesse Oblige Service Award.
“It was something I never expected,” says Ho, a retired defense and aerospace engineer who has worked for companies such as BAE Systems, Lockhead Martin, the Loral Corporation and IBM. “I was amazingly surprised, especially when I look at the people who have preceded me.”
Ho and wife Patricia Ching Ho both graduated from Maryknoll in 1963 - she was valedictorian while he was, admittedly, “somewhere in the middle” of the academic pack. After crossing paths again at Oregon State University, the two married and decided to establish the Ho-Ching Scholarship at their alma mater.
Since 2002, the four-year scholarship has been awarded annually to students of good academic standing and financial need who demonstrate leadership as well as interest in extracurriculars such as athletics, outside activities and community service.
“Education is the centerpiece of the future of our children and of our society,” says Ho. “Our country needs people who are well-educated, well-rounded and very motivated to give back to our society and our country. You get left behind without sufficient education.”
“To paraphrase a quote, ‘Education is the lens through which mirrors become windows,’” adds Patricia, a women’s advocacy worker. “Education really is the foundation through which there is an exchange of ideas, which encourages the innovative use of knowledge, technology and skills to improve anything within our lives and the world around us.”
Some other local organizations to benefit from the Hos’ generosity include the UH Manoa College of Engineering, Saint Louis School, Bishop Museum, Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard, Hawaii Theater, Honolulu Academy of Arts, Friends of Hawaii, Hawaii Foodbank, First Tees-Hawaii and the FIRST Hawaii Regional Robotics program.
In fact, on their most-recent trip back to the Islands, Ho arranged a knowledge management seminar pro bono for the YWCA. “It’s a different way of giving back; in fact, that’s the reason I’m so hot about mentoring,” he says.
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