June 4, 1921 – March 29, 2020
Charles K. Yamashiro ’50 peacefully passed away at home on March 29, 2020, with his wife of 69 years, Naomi, by his side.
Dr. Yamashiro was born in Heeia Village, now known as Kaneohe, to Koki and Tsuru Yamashiro on June 4, 1921. He was the oldest son and was followed by Edward, Kojo, Harry, Clara, and Raymond. His college education was at Pacific Union College in California and Union College in Nebraska. He went on to receive a master’s degree in biochemistry at the University of Utah. He was accepted into medical school and graduated in 1950 from the College of Medical Evangelists.
While in medical school, Dr. Yamashiro met and married Naomi Aiko Kono. They went on to have four children: Duane, Elaine, Wallace, and Vernon. Dr. Yamashiro completed a residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Los Angeles Medical Center. He was then drafted into the U.S. Medical Corps during the Korean War and served for two years. After the war, Dr. Yamashiro opened the first OB-GYN practice on the windward side of Oahu in Kailua, Hawaii. He was one of the three physicians that opened Castle Memorial Hospital. After 35 years of a successful practice, he retired in Kailua.
Throughout his life, Dr. Yamashiro was active in the Seventh-day Adventist Church and a champion of Christian education. He loved to garden, exercise, and read his Bible.
He is survived by his sister Clara Young; his brother Raymond; his children Duane (Marjorie), Elaine M. Watkins ’78-B, and Vernon ’84 (Cathey A. Putnam ’84); 11 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
(Source: Family of Dr. Yamashiro)