Interrupted Lives: Japanese American Students
at the University of Washington, 1941–1942

Nikkei Students at the University of Washington

Toshiyuki Fukushima
UW Major / Department
Assembly Center
Relocation Center
Toshiyuki Fukushima was born in Tacoma, Washington in 1921 and raised in Seattle attending Bailey Gatzert School and Broadway High School. He was a sophomore at the University of Washington in 1941 when the war began. He and his mother, Waka Shibata, were sent to the Puyallup Assembly and then to the Minidoka Relocation Center. He was released in 1943 and worked for the National Japanese American Student Relocation Council in Philadelphia. He was drafted in 1944 and petitioned to become a conscientious objector and served in several American Friends Service Committee Civilian Public Service camps including Big Flats and Roosevelt Island in New York and Gatlinburg in Tennessee.

After the war Toshiyuki completed his education at Swarthmore College earning a mechanical engineering degree in 1951 and a Master's degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1959. He worked as an aerospace engineer working on helicopters at Boeing Vertrol in Pennsylvania and taught evening classes in mathematics and engineering at Widener College.

In 1951 he married Marion Macdaid and they raised six children: David, Elizabeth, Philip, Margaret, Catherine and Barbara.

He remained active throughout life enjoying swimming, tennis and skiing. He sang in the Swarthmore College Chorus and enjoyed attending concerts by the Philadelphia Orchestra. After retirement he volunteered at Taylor Hospital.

Toshiyuki Fukushima died on January 1st, 2016 at the age of 94.


Source: Personal communication from E. Fukushima.
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