In Memory

Paul Jun Ishikawa - Class Of 1953

Paul Jun Ishikawa

Longtime Hermosa resident Paul Jun Ishikawa passed away peacefully at his home November 14, 2005.  He was 70. Ishikawa was born March 8, 1935, in Riverside, grew up in South Pasadena and graduated from Art Center College of Design.

He made Hermosa his home beginning 1974, working as an inventor and toy designer. He loved to attend civic events and circulate about the town, and he was a well-known and liked figure in Hermosa.

He is survived by daughter Ivy Bleser, grandchildren Griffin and Lola of Santa Monica, sisters Emi Ishikawa (SPHS '61) of South Pasadena and Michi Tashjian (SPHS '55) of Philadelphia, and brother Alan Ishikawa (SPHS '54) of Redondo Beach. 

Easy Reader (Hermosa Beach, California), November 24, 2005



Paul  the oldest child of Frank and Hisako (Yonemura) Ishikawa, was born on the family farm in Arlington, Riverside County, California. He had one brother, Alan '54 and two sisters, Michi '55 and Emi '61. When he was five, the family moved to South Pasadena. Three weeks after his 7th birthday, the family was evacuated to the Japanese Internment Camp at Gila River, Arizona. They spent the next 3 1/2 years there.

After the end of World War II, the family returned to their home in South Pasadena. Paul graduated from South Pasadena High and then the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles. He served in the Army Reserves for six years. Paul was an inventor and toy designer.

Findagrave, April 5, 2014

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03/09/20 08:06 PM #1    

Anthony Frederick Wolcott (1953)

Paul was rarely without a smile.  One morning a cherry bomb went off in a locker in Mr. Raberdings mechanical drawing class blowing the door open and also opening wide grins.  Mr. Raberding immediatly fingered me and sent me off to 'Big Jim' Carpenter.  I convinced 'Big Jim' I was not the culprit and he let me slide.  'Ishi' you owe me one for not ratting you out.   Tony

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