- The Washington Times - Thursday, October 20, 2005

HONOLULU (AP) — John Mink, a hydrologist and the husband of the late U.S. Rep. Patsy Mink of Hawaii, died Oct. 18 in Massachusetts, a spokesman for the family said. He was 81.

Mr. Mink collapsed and died at his daughter’s home in Northampton, family spokesman Calvin Tamura said. Gwendolyn Mink, the couple’s only child, is a professor at Smith College.

A native of Pennsylvania, Mr. Mink graduated from Penn State University and earned a master’s degree in hydrology at the University of Chicago, where he met his future wife. They were married in 1951.

Mrs. Mink died in 2002 at 74. The veteran Democrat represented Hawaii in the U.S. House for 24 years. She also served in the territorial and state legislatures.

Mr. Mink was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for service in World War II, and “earned respect and renown in his own right as a world-class hydrologist whose expertise was sought throughout Hawaii and the world.”

Sen. Daniel K. Inouye, Hawaii Democrat, said Mr. Mink played a key role in his wife’s rise to prominence.

“Just as the water he studied is essential to sustaining life, he was the water in Patsy’s life that helped to give her the strength to serve as a champion for peace, equal opportunity, education and women’s rights,” Mr. Inouye said.

Mr. Mink’s company, Mink & Yuen Inc., specializes in water resource studies, planning, development and management. It has done work throughout the Pacific.

Before going into private business, Mr. Mink worked for the Honolulu Board of Water Supply and the U.S. Geological Survey.

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