By: L.N. Reklai

May 26, 2017 (Koror, Palau) Ordering all national flags to be flown half mast, Presidential Proclamation 17-212 honor the late Former Minister Wilhelm Rengesuul Rengiil on behalf of a grateful nation.


Late former Minister Wilhelm Rengesuul Rengiil passed away at the age of 88 survived by his wife Kiyoko Kawai Rengiil, his children, grandchildren and numerous siblings.

Presidential Proclamation noted Rengiil’s illustrious life and careers, beginning with his schooling under the Japanese Elementary School system from 1937 to 1942 and Japanese Vocational School from 1942 to 1944.  Rengiil went on to attend Pacific Islands Teacher Training School from 1947 to 1948 in Guam and later to attend College of Los Banos, University of the Philippines from 1959 to 1960. His education culminates in a Graduate Program in Educational Administration and Management at the University of Hawaii in 1982.

His career went from teaching at Airai Elementary School in 1946, to Palau Intermediate School in 1956, to Acting Principal of Palau Vocation School and later becoming Deputy Director of the Micronesian Occupation Center in 1969 and finally to become a President of Micronesian Occupational College from 1978 until his retirement in 1985.

Mr. Wilhelm Rengesuul Rengiil also served as a Minister of Natural Resources from 1985 to 1988 and served as Special Advisor to the President.

The Proclamation also lauded Rengiil’s other accomplishments including his athletic capability which made him a baseball Manager and Head Coach of Palau Baseball  All-Star team in regional tournaments that led them to championship victories against Guam in 1962 and Pohnpei in 1963.

In addition to his other accomplishments, late Former Minister Wilhelm Rengesuul Rengiil was a respected traditional chief Melachelbeluu of Ngchemiangel hamlet of Aimeliik State and Tucheur ra Tekriu of Iyebukl hamlet of Koror State.

Of all of his services, the Proclamation states, he is most remembered for his stellar service and performance as an educator.

President Remengesau ordered all flags to fly half-mast and to join his countrymen in showing their respect for the Former Minister Wilhelm Rengesuul Rengiil. [/restrict]