Obituaries

OBITUARY: Paul Hiro

Paul Hiro Jan. 23, 1935 – March 31, 2022 HIRO, PAUL passed away at his home in San Leandro with his beloved Akita ‘Michiko’ by his side. He was preceded in death by his wife Elinor and survived by his four sons Kevin (Rose), Randall (Roberta), Sean, and Chris (Maria), six grandchildren Rachael, Eric, Michael, […]

OBITUARY: Dr. Isao Fujimoto

Dr. Isao Fujimoto Sept. 28, 1933 – Feb. 25, 2022 DR. FUJIMOTO, ISAO, PhD, professor and community organizer, died peacefully at his home in Davis, California on February 25, 2022. He was 88 years old.  Isao joined the University of California, Davis in 1967 as a founding member of the Community Development program. Throughout his […]

OBITUARY: Minoru “Min” Ikeda

Minoru “Min” Ikeda Nov. 27, 1934 – March 11, 2022 IKEDA, MINORU MIN passed away peacefully after a short bout with cancer at the Palo Alto VA Hospital. A graduate of Lincoln High School in San Jose and an US Army veteran, he worked for Mayfair/Sun Garden Packing Company for over 30 years. He was […]

OBITUARY: Michael Asano Teraoka

Michael Asano Teraoka June 30, 1984 – March 23, 2022 TERAOKA, MICHAEL ASANO of Hillsborough, CA passed away on March 23, 2022 at age 37. He was born in Redwood City and resided in Hillsborough, CA where he attended Hillsborough South School, Crocker Middle School, Pinewood High School and graduated from Aragon High School in […]

OBITUARY: Bess Teru (Sonoda) Chang

Bess Teru (Sonoda) Chang Jan. 2, 1927 – Feb. 26, 2022 CHANG, BESS TERU (SONODA) was born on January 2, 1927 in Longview, Washington, a logging town near the Columbia River. She died at Brookdale Senior Living in Redwood City on February 26, 2022 at the age of 95. Bess grew up in Thomas, a […]

OBITUARY: Dolly Shinobu Hamamoto

Dolly Shinobu Hamamoto April. 21, 1936 – Dec. 18, 2021 HAMAMOTO, DOLLY SHINOBU passed away peacefully on December 18, 2021. Dolly was born in Sacramento, Ca. to Takeo (Gus) and Tameyo Tsujisaka. She was incarcerated at the Topaz Concentration Camp during World War II then moved to Denver, Colorado. She then moved to San Francisco, […]

OBITUARY: Hannah Okamoto Takahashi

Hannah Okamoto Takahashi May 2, 1925 – March 12, 2022 OKAMOTO TAKAHASHI, HANNAH was born in the small town of Onalaska, Washington where her father Seiji Okamoto worked as a tree topper and her mother Yone Katayama Okamoto was raising a growing family. They eventually worked their way down to Southern California where Hannah spent […]

UC Davis scholar and activist Isao Fujimoto dies at 89: Lecturer leaves legacy of connections, curiosity and collaboration

Isao Fujimoto, a beloved senior lecturer at University of California, Davis, known for his intense energy, curiosity and ability to bring people together across diverse communities, has died. Fujimoto, 89, came to Davis in 1967 and helped found the Asian American Studies and Community Development programs through which he mentored generations of students and faculty. […]

Gyo Obata, famed St. Louis-based architect, dies at age 99

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Gyo Obata, an architect whose designs included sports and entertainment arenas, airports and a presidential library, has died. He was 99. Obata died March 8, 2022 in St. Louis, his family said. A cause of death was not announced. Obata was born in 1923 in San Francisco. He graduated from Washington […]

‘Farewell to Manzanar’ director Korty dies

Oscar-winning filmmaker John Korty, whose film adaptation of James D. and Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston’s novel “Farewell to Manzanar” brought the story of the wartime incarceration of Japanese Americans into American homes in 1976, has died at his home in Point Reyes Station on March 9, 2022, the Marin Independent Journal reports. He was 85. The […]

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