Vol. 33, No. 2     Fall 2010
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Isao Hoshiwara, M.D. ’56, Res. ’57

Adapted from The Seattle Times, Nov. 8–11, 2009

Dr. Isao “Doc” Hoshiwara passed away peacefully on his 80th birthday, on Friday, October 30, 2009, in Scottsdale, Ariz. He was born and raised in Tacoma, Wash. As a teenager during World War II, he was interned with fellow Japanese Americans at the Tule Lake Relocation Center in California. He graduated from the University of Washington School of Medicine in 1956, followed by an internship and residency, both at UW. He spent 30 years working for the Public Health and Indian Health Services as an ophthalmologist. His medical research on infectious eye diseases took him on numerous trips to Tunisia, Kenya and Native American Indian reservations, where he worked on a cure for trachoma. His last 10 years of practice were at Group Health Cooperative in Redmond, Wash. He is survived by Yuri, his wife of 56 years, and two sisters, Taeko Taniguchi and Sachiko Nozaki, both of Seattle. He also is survived by two sons, Dave (Jane) of San Jose, Calif., and Steven (Sharon) of Scottsdale, Ariz., a daughter, Joy (Gary) Boydston of Tempe, Ariz., eight grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

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