Living Memories: 1940s


John Kikuchi, M.D., who attended in the early 1940s and later became a doctor in general practice

"San Francisco State at the old campus near the S.F. Mint was a very memorable place for me from 1940-42 when I was enrolled as a pre-med student. Dr. (Robert D.) Rowe and Maurice Amsden were very influential in the Chemistry Department and helped me take exams before the end of the semester as I was unfortunately ordered to a relocation camp because of my Japanese ancestry. I continued my studies at Drew University and graduated in 1944. When the war ended and I was no longer considered a threat to the government, I returned to California and finished my medical education at Stanford Medical School. When I graduated from med school the draft for doctors was still effective so I did a tour with the U.S. Air Force as a flight surgeon. Since then I have lived in Concord, CA where I did general practice for almost 40 years, raised a family of five children and retired in 1994."

Izzy Pivnik, B.A. education, 1947, assistant superintendent with the San Francisco Unified School District and now coordinator of volunteers for Contact 4 at KRON-TV

"What do I remember about attending San Francisco State? Good times, good friends, great professors and perhaps the best time of my life. Although there are so many exciting things that I can recall, what I remember most are playing football at Roberts Stadium, wrestling at Hamilton Field and serving in various student body capacities. And of course, the march down Market Street from the old campus to City Hall with a couple of thousand students to get more land for the new campus was really exciting. Dean of Men David J. Cox was the greatest, and being student body president while Dr. J. Paul Leonard was college president was a privilege."


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