- The Washington Times - Tuesday, March 1, 2005

HONOLULU (AP) — Roderick Fulton McPhee, who served for more than a quarter-century as president of Punahou School, one of the oldest private schools in the nation, died Feb. 25 of pancreatic cancer in Honolulu, school officials said. He was 76.

During his 26-year tenure at the 164-year-old institution, Mr. McPhee raised $40 million and spurred a building boom on the 76-acre campus, with the construction or renovation of almost half the buildings.

Mr. McPhee came to Hawaii in 1968 to take over at Punahou, which currently has about 3,700 students. The school was chosen in 1985 by President Reagan as one of six schools in the nation in the Exemplary Private School Recognition Project.

Mr. McPhee came to Punahou after serving as superintendent of the Glencoe public school system in Illinois. Before that, he spent four years as an assistant professor of education at Harvard Graduate School of Education and three years as director of the Advanced Administrative Institute, also at Harvard. He earned his doctorate in administration at the University of Chicago.

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