DR. GEORGE SUZUKI
83, of Honolulu, Hawaii, passed away on August 10, 2011. He was born on Sept. 16, 1927 in Ewa, Oahu, Hawaii to Keiji and Kiyomi (Katsunuma) Suzuki. Raised on Ewa Plantation, he witnessed the attack on Pearl Harbor from his front yard. He attended Ewa School, Roosevelt HS, and the Univ. of Hawaii. At UH, he met his wife-to-be Esther; they married in 1951. He attended the Univ. of Michigan School of Medicine, graduating in 1953. After a year of internship, he served with the Radiation Effects Research Foundation in Hiroshima, Japan from 1954-56. He spent the next several years in residency programs in San Francisco, CA, returning to Honolulu in 1960 to start his practice in internal medicine, associated with Kuakini Medical Center. In addition to internal medicine, he became a local pioneer in the techniques of gastroscopy and colonoscopy. Before he retired in 2008, he had the privilege of serving as physician to many people. He was a key member of an ongoing health study of atomic bomb survivors living in Hawaii conducted by the Hiroshima Prefectural Medical Assoc. For this work, the Government of Japan awarded him the Order of the Rising Sun with Gold and Silver Rays in 2005. In 2008, he was recognized by the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii for his lifetime achievements. He is survived by his wife, Esther; his children David Suzuki, Esq (Kay)., Laura Suzuki, DDS (Harley Oda), Elizabeth Zuckerwise, LCSW (Rick), and Joan Suzuki, Esq (Lowell Kurashige); sister June Stageberg; and by grandchildren Sachiko, Emiko, Keiji, and Amelia. We will always remember him with the greatest affection and gratefulness.
Service to be held on Saturday, August 20 at Nuuanu Congregational Church, Honolulu. Visitation at 5:00PM; Service at 6:00. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Aloha for Japan in his memory.