For Love of Music and Punahou School
Dougal and Ann Crowe love Punahou. Dougal, who entered Punahou in seventh grade, has fond memories and friends from his school years during WWII, when classes were held in homes and on the University of Hawai'i campus.
Punahou boys sometimes found themselves literally "in the trenches," called to campus to dig ditches around Bishop Hall or sent to the pineapple fields in the absence of field workers who had gone to war. Senior year was their first back on campus. "Our class of '46 is closely knit. A lot of us stayed in touch, even those who don't live here anymore," Dougal notes. Ann knows them all and her husband adds, "She's an honorary member of the class, even though she's quite a bit younger."
After Punahou and Stanford, Dougal did a stint in the army during the Korean War. Following in his father's footsteps, he joined an accounting firm, which later became Haskins & Sells, moving on to Alexander & Baldwin where he served as corporate controller for 14 years beginning in 1975. He married Ann in 1972 and in 1976 they found the property in Kula that became their home after Dougal retired from A&B in 1989.
"Punahou music is just so good and the students are so fine, we are happy to be apart of that."
Music was always a presence in the families of both. Dougal took piano lessons for seven years before taking up the trombone, which he played in the Punahou band. The Crowes were active supporters of the Honolulu Symphony, and Dougal served on its board for 25 years, including two years as its president. At last spring's Punahou Concerto Concert, they were thrilled by the caliber of the student performances and pleased to meet the student musician receiving support from the Crowe Family Endowed Scholarship Fund.
Though usually very private people, the Crowes wanted to share the story of how they came to support Punahou students involved with music. "Punahou music is just so good and the students are so fine, we are happy to be a part of that," says Dougal. "If you think about what you and your family care about, I'll bet it's being done at Punahou. We hope that telling our story inspires others."