Dr. Hitoshi Thomas Tamaki of Plymouth Meeting, Pa., passed away on July 3, 2015, at his residence. He was 97 years old. Born in Eatonville, Wa., on Oct. 7, 1917, to the late Seiichi and Tora (Sasaki) Tamaki.
He served as the president of the Philadelphia Chapter of the JACL, receiving the distinguished Ruby Pin, which is awarded by the National Board to JACL members who have made unique and exceptional contributions entailing great personal sacrifice.
Dr. Tamaki is survived by his wife of over 64 years, Marion A. (Miyazaki) Tamaki; his four children, Dwight T. (Patricia) Tamaki, Gregory H. (Julia) Tamaki, Karen T. (Philip) Buescher and Drew S. Tamaki; his brother, Tetsuo “Ted” Tamaki; his sister, Shizue “Sue” Sasagawa, and nine grandchildren. Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by his sisters, Shigedo Yoshiwara, Chiyoko Koiwai and Yoshiko Nagahashi.
Memorial donations may be made to the Tamaki’s Scholarship Fund at the University Puget Sound, Tacoma, Wash.