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Miss Hawaii director was 'man behind the crown'

By Wayne Harada
Special to the Star-Advertiser

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Jan 19, 2014

~~<p>Thomas &quot;Thom&quot; J. McGarvey Jr., for three decades the executive director of the Miss Hawaii Pageant, died Jan. 8 at the Craigside Assisted Living Facility in Nuuanu. He was 70.</p>
<p>Under his watch, the stature of the annual pageant was elevated from a competition struggling for visibility to a vibrant television broadcast with a live audience. Miss Hawaii contestants were crowned Miss America in 1992 and in 2001, and 10 Miss Hawaii contestants have been Top 10 finalists.</p>
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Thomas "Thom" J. McGarvey Jr., for three decades the executive director of the Miss Hawaii Pageant, died Jan. 8 at the Craigside Assisted Living Facility in Nuuanu. He was 70.

Under his watch, the stature of the annual pageant was elevated from a competition struggling for visibility to a vibrant television broadcast with a live audience. Miss Hawaii contestants were crowned Miss America in 1992 and in 2001, and 10 Miss Hawaii contestants have been Top 10 finalists. Login for more...



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