Eugene Sekiguchi

Dr. Eugene Sekiguchi earned his DDS and MSEE from the University of Southern California and his BSEE from the University of California, Berkeley. He was the first minority President of the American Dental Association (ADA), an association with more than 155,000 dental professionals. He was also President of the JA Optimist Club, USC Dental Alumni, the California Dental Association (CDA), and San Gabriel Valley Dental Society (SGVDS). He has had many honors bestowed upon him. He was interned at Heart Mountain, WY.

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I am the firstborn in my family. I was told that my first name Eugene was chosen because the kanji or Chinese characters for Hirohito could also be pronounced Eugene. In Japanese, it would be pronounced Hirohito and in Chinese, it would be pronounced Eugene. However, the pronunciations are not exact due to phonetic variations in Chinese, Japanese, and English.

The name Hirohito is only used by the Emperor of Japan. It is forbidden under penalty of death for a commoner to use the name Hirohito; however, since my father was outside of Japan, he decided to use it.

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