Guam – Guam Historian and former Senator Tony Palomo passed away Friday night at Guam Memorial Hospital. He was 81 years old.
Palomo, best known as Tony, was born on June 13, 1931.
He was an accomplished journalist, author, former senator and more recently, the retired director of the Guam Museum. But to Department of Chamorro Affairs President Joseph Cameron, Palomo was simply his uncle. He describes how Palomo’s humility and storytelling made him so special, especially in the field of public service.
Cameron says Palomo was rich in the knowledge and history of the Chamorro people and their culture and his unique ability to tell stories captivated the entire community.
He also says Palomo brought a sense of authenticity to the stories of the different eras of Guam history, especially as a World War II survivor. He is also known for publishing a book in 1984 called “An Island in Agony”, which recounts the experiences of Chamorros during the World War II Japanese occupation.
Cameron adds there is a sense of irony to his uncle’s passing, especially on the eve of the new Guam Museum groundbreaking. He mentions he will find a way to have a place named in his memory.
One of the aspects Cameron will also miss most about his uncle is his quiet temperament.
Palomo is survived by his 9 children, numerous grandchildren and wife Margaret. Although he has passed away at the tender age of 81, Cameron emphasizes his legacy with the Guam Museum lives on with his son Simeon, who is the museum division’s acting supervisor.
Palomo worked as Assistant Managing Editor at the Pacific Daily News, he served 3 terms in the Guam Legislature and he was a Guam history instructor at the University of Guam and Guam Community College. From 1995 to 2007 he served as the Director of the Guam Museum.
He is also the author of “An Island in Agony” which recounts the experiences of Chamorros during the WW II occupation. It was published in 1984.