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 HONOLULU, Hawaii, Oct. 8 -- Aloha Airgroup Inc. announced today that its chairman, Sheridan C.F. Ing, 70, died of complications arising from cancer.
 Ing was chairman of the board of Aloha Airgroup Inc. and Aloha Airlines Inc. since 1987. He also served as a director for Aloha Airlines for over 20 years.
 "Today, we mourn the loss of an exceptionally bright and sensitive man whose love of these islands and its people was the focus of the many business ventures he chose to undertake," said A. Maurice Myers, Aloha's president and chief executive officer. "Hawaii has truly lost a great visionary, businessman, philanthropist, and friend."
 In 1987, Ing teamed up with longtime business associate and then Aloha Chairman Hung Wo Ching and several shareholders, to take Aloha Inc. private in order to keep the 47-year-old Hawaii transportation services company in the control of local interests. At the time, the company was being threatened by a takeover bid by Dallas-based CNS Partners. Ing was an ardent believer in the importance of keeping the ownership and management in a company involved in Hawaii business local. In the previous year, Ing was a key member of an investor group that participated in the management-led buyout of Big Five company C. Brewer. He once told a reporter, " ... it's important that the ownership and management be in the state. If you have local management you have a lot more sensitivity to local needs, to employees. If you were from New York City you'd have a different view. The airlines and agriculture are so important to Hawaii, yet to outside people it might not matter. You really have to be here."
 Ing was born in Honolulu on May 26, 1923. The grandson of Chinese immigrants who came to Hawaii to work on the sugar plantations, Ing's parents raised him on a pineapple plantation on Molokai. In his youth, he attended public schools on Molokai, Hilo and Honolulu.
 Ing interrupted his education to serve in the United States Navy during World War II. After the war, he continued his education at the University of Hawaii and then at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.) where he received a bachelor of science degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1947. After graduating from M.I.T., Ing went on to Harvard University and received a master's degree in business administration in 1949.
 Ing is perhaps best known for his developments in high-rise luxury condominiums in Hawaii. Over the past 30 years, his developments include some of the finest residential buildings in Honolulu: Yacht Harbor Towers, Royal Iolani, Admiral Thomas, and The Queen Victoria.
 Ing participated in civilian military affairs for many years following his honorable discharge from the United States Navy Reserve in 1961. In November of 1989, Ing was named Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army in Hawaii, a distinguished two-year appointment which held the protocol rank of a three-star general. On Dec. 19, 1991, the Secretary of the Army extended Ing's appointment for another two-year term. Then in March of this year, the Department of the Army awarded him the Decoration For Distinguished Civilian Service Award.
 Ing's other activities with the military included his membership in the Civilian Advisory Group to the United States Army Western Command (CAG), a position he held since 1978 serving as its chairman from December 1989 to 1993. He was also a past president of the Hawaii Chapter of the Association of the United States Army (ASUA). For his outstanding service, the ASUA named Ing Citizen of the Year in 1990. Ing served as a vital member of the Military Affairs Council of the Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii. Through his leadership, Council raised over $300,000 to aide the Hawaii families of Desert Storm.
 Ing was very active in business and community affairs. He was a director of First Hawaiian Inc., the holding company of First Hawaiian Bank, C. Brewer and Co., Maui Land & Pineapple Co., the Grand Pacific Life Insurance Co., the Hawaii Business Roundtable, the Hawaii Visitors Bureau, and the Honolulu Committee for the Council of Foreign Relations. He was a past chairman of the Chamber of Hawaii and a past president of the Tax Foundation of Hawaii. He has held past directorships with Theo H. Davies, Pacific Resources, Kapalua Land Co., Continental Airlines, Aloha United Way, Junior Achievement, and the Harvard Business School Alumni Association. He has also served as a trustee and president of Children's Hospital, a trustee of the Urban Land Institute and Urban Land Foundation, and a member of the Development Committee and the Advisory Committee for the Center For Real Estate Development at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Other memberships included the Governor's Chinese Bicentennial Celebration Commission, the Governor's Advisory Board on the Underwater Cable Transmission Project, the M.I.T. Center for Real Estate Development, Waialae Country Club, Oahu Country Club, and the Plaza Club.
 He is survived by his wife, Julia, and four children: three daughters Louise, Laura and Carolyn; and a son, Richard; and five grandchildren. Funeral arrangements are pending.
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