Nov. 22, 1919-March 21, 2004
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - George S. Hoshino, 84, of Minneapolis, Minn., a Pendleton native and retired university professor, died Sunday, March 21, 2004.
He was born Nov. 22, 1919, at Pendleton, a farmer's son of Japanese immigrants. He was said to have remembered growing up in Pendleton during the Depression of the 1930s and to remember countless hours spent at the Pendleton Public Library.
He attended Pendleton schools and graduated from Pendleton High School with the Class of 1936. In high school he was assistant manager and sports editor of the school newspaper, "The Lantern," a member of Hi-Y Club, Torch Honor Society, Quill and Scroll Honorary, and was inducted into the National Honor Society. He was valedictorian of his graduating class.
In August 1944, he was drafted into military service and served with the Army Occupation Forces in Japan. After his discharge in September 1946, he remained in Japan as a civilian employee whose job was the same as that of an assistant public welfare adviser to the Japanese in public and private programs with the Wakayama Military Government Civil Affairs Team, 8th U.S. Army. He worked in Japan until May 1951.
Having earned undergraduate credit for service in Japan, he was permitted to enroll in the University of Chicago Graduate School, where he earned his master's degree in Social Services Administration. He then furthered his studies at the University of Pennsylvania, where he earned his doctorate degree, and where he taught as an Associate Professor for 15 years. In 1973, he transferred to the University of Minnesota where he was Professor, School of Social Work. He retired from the University of Minnesota in 1991.
During his tenure at UM, he became a prolific writer of numerous reference books and position papers on his major teachings and research areas of social welfare policy.
He was a worldwide consultant, adviser, and lecturer and had been invited to Japan, Europe, Africa, and to various governmental agencies in Washington, D.c.
Survivors include his wife, Masako; his children, Kaya Pederson, David Hoshino and Paul Hoshino, and eight grandchildren, family and friends.
Washburn McReavy Funeral Home, Minneapolis, was in charge of arrangements.