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SAC Seeks Former Students Who Attended College in the 1940s

Santa Ana College (SAC) is seeking 22 Japanese American students who attended the college in the early 1940s and were forced to interrupt their education when Executive Order 9066 sent Japanese Americans to internment camps during World War II. The college hopes to bestow honorary degrees on these students or their family members at this year’s spring commencement. If anyone has any information about the whereabouts of the following individuals, please contact Mark Liang, SAC associate dean of admissions and records, at 714-564-6040 or

Luis Kiyotaka Aihara
Tommy Tamio Furukawa
George J. Higashi
Shizuko Ikeda
William Nabaru Kobayashi
Masao Frank Masuda
Kiyoshi Elden Minato
Charles Y. Miyada
Sunao N. Murakami
Paul Murata
Tom Hitoshi Nagamatsu
Violet Fumiko Nagamatsu
Migaki Nakamura
Mitsuko Ochi
Minoru Otsu
Gladys Tsutaye Otsuka
Rakumi Sasaki
Kazuo Sato
Mary Ayako Watanuki
Michiko Yamada
Mitsuo Yoshida
Lily Yuriko Yoshimi

Santa Ana College is seeking to bestow honorary degrees on Japanese American students whose education was interrupted in the early 1940s. Please help us find and recognize those who are deserving.
Santa Ana College is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, Western Association of Schools and Colleges, 10 Commercial Blvd., Suite 204, Novato, CA 94949, (415) 506-0234, an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education. Additional information about accreditation, including the filing of complaints against member institutions, can be found at: