Jon Van Dyke

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Jon Van Dyke, 68, a University of Hawaii Law Professor, apparently died in his sleep while at a conference in Australia, in 2015.

Van Dyke joined the UH faculty in 1976 teaching Constitutional Law, International Law, International Ocean Law and International Human Rights.

He previously taught at the Hastings College of Law; University of California, San Francisco; and at the Catholic University Law School, Washington, D.C.

Van Dyke was also a law clerk for Chief Justice Roger Traynor of the California Supreme Court and a Visiting Fellow at the Center for Democratic Institutions in Santa Barbara, California.

Van Dyke is survived by his wife Sherry Broder, daughter Michelle Broder Van Dyke (works for Buzzfeed), sons Eric Broder Van Dyke, Jesse Broder Van Dyke, (spokesman for Sen. Daniel Akaka).[1]

Hirono statement

Hawaii Congresswoman Mazie Hirono issued this statement:

"We cannot reflect on the state of Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islanders? rights without finding Jon at its heart. His passion, depth of knowledge, and dedicated advocacy is an example of Hawaii at its finest. I will always be grateful for his friendship and can never forget his service to our community. My thoughts and sincere sympathy are with Sherry, Jesse, Eric, and Michelle."[2]

Abercrombie statement

Hawaii Governor Neil Abercrombie had this to say about Van Dyke:

"I first met Jon in the 70s at the time of the Constitutional Convention. He was one of our advisors on the establishment of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs. It was then that we became friends."
"Jon was an invaluable resource. His intellect brimmed over with energy and brilliance. He was a patient, calming influence in every instance of tension and conflict. Jon was endlessly courteous, no matter how trying the circumstance and equally resolute to his commitment to the public good. "[3]