The Garden Island
Notice #: 0001161259-01
Funeral Notices


Dr. Everett (Ev) Arvin Wingert, 76, Emeritus Professor of Geography at the University of Hawai`i at Manoa, was born on May 24, 1942 in Cass City, Michigan and passed away on December 19, 2018 in Kailua, Hawai`i, after a long battle with cancer. He was preceded in death by his wife, Jane Eckelman, his father, Arvin Wingert, his mother, Alma Phelps Wingert, and cousins Kenneth Phelps, Yalon Burda, and Paul Phelps. Surviving relatives include first cousins Dale Wingert (wife Patricia), Dean Wingert (wife Phyllis), Marie Jansen, Lyle Phelps, Donald Phelps, Diane Phelps, Arlene McNutt, Brian Phelps, and Ruth Rushlow, brother-in-law John Eckelman, and sister-in-law Carol Cole.

Dr. Wingert received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan in 1964, his Master’s and Ph.D. Degrees from University of Washington in 1967 and 1973 respectively; all his degrees are in geography. He came to teach in the Department of Geography (now Department of Geography and Environment) at the University of Hawai`i at Manoa in 1971, and retired as an Emeritus Professor in 2016.

As a geography professor, he left behind a legacy of being a great, compassionate teacher with an unparallel bond with his students. Throughout his proud teaching career, he taught thousands of undergraduate students, and advised over one hundred graduate students, serving as the main advisor for several dozens. His foremost specialization was cartography but he also branched out to all aspects of the mapping sciences, including remote sensing, three-dimensional terrain representation, Geographic Information Science and Systems, and most recently mapping with drones.

Dr. Wingert is a rare breed among cartography professors. Instead of focusing solely on cartographic theory as others do, he went a step further by designing and producing maps, atlases, map animations and other cartographic products. He believed that cartography must be practiced and that the ultimate effectiveness of mapping must be reflected in its products rather than theories. His academic agenda included not only research, teaching, and service, but also cartographic design and production. In order to perfect his craft throughout the decades, he studied and learned a myriad of innovative mapping techniques as soon as they were available from technological breakthroughs. Even in the face of rapidly changing technology, he mastered them all and brought them into his curricula for the benefit of his students. His map design skills are among the best in the profession. His teaching and mentoring also helped placed many of his students in the upper echelon of North American cartographers.

While his cartographic achievements are too numerous to list, his proud map design and production ranged from the international level such as national atlases of American Samoa, Korea, to those at the federal level, such as maps for the USGS, National Park Service, Army Corps of Engineers, to many state level government mapping projects and the State Atlas of Hawai`i. He also served on National Science Foundation panels, many publication editorial boards, as well as numerous other important and impactful cartographic projects. He was a transformational inspiration to the North American community of professional cartographers.

Dr. Wingert will be deeply missed by all those whose hearts he has touched.