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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Thursday, September 8, 2005

Priscilla G. Harpham, 93, Star of the Sea principal

Advertiser Staff


Priscilla Griffey Harpham, a former principal of Star of the Sea High School, died Sept. 4 in Honolulu. She was 93.

Harpham was principal at Star of the Sea for five years during the 1980s. Before that she was vice principal at St. Francis School.

She was born in Janesville, Wis., and was a graduate of the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music, with a major in French horn.

She worked in the Janesville Public Library and later attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she graduated with a degree in library science.

In 1944 Harpham accepted a job at Sinclair Library at the University of Hawai'i. She later worked as librarian at the St. Francis Hospital School of Nursing and at St. Francis School. She returned to school to get her master's degree in library science in 1970 at the University of Hawai'i-Manoa.

She became vice principal of St. Francis School and a year after retiring from St. Francis accepted a position as principal at Star of the Sea High School.

She worked there for five years before retiring for good. She had a lifelong interest in gardening and travel.

She is survived by a son, Douglas; a daughter, Anne; granddaughters, Jennifer, Nicole and Katelyn; and two nephews.

Mass 9:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Patrick Church; inurnment 11:30 a.m. at O'ahu Cemetery. No flowers. Donations to St. Patrick School tuition assistance or St. Patrick Church renovation fund. Aloha attire.

Arrangements by Borthwick Mortuary.