Dr. Teruya passed away August 24, 2017

August 24, 1923 –August 24, 2017

Kazuo Teruya ’58 was born August 24, 1923, in Kekaha, Hawaii, and died August 24, 2017, in Kane’ohe, Hawaii, at home in the presence of his family and loved ones after celebrating his 94th birthday.

At 14, Dr. Teruya left home to attend Hawaiian Mission Academy. He served in Italy as an army tech sergeant with the 88th Division in World War II before graduating from La Sierra College in 1952. After medical school, he returned to Oahu in 1962 where he spent 41 years practicing otorhinolaryngology until retiring at 80. He worked at Queen’s Hospital and John Burns Medical School and served on numerous committees. He performed the first cochlear implant in Hawaii. 

Dr. Teruya is remembered as a compassionate, dedicated, forward-thinking medical professional who would do what was necessary for the good of his patients and their families. He is also remembered as an active member of the Kane’ohe Seventh-day Adventist Church, having played a role in its renovation and expansion. 

Dr. Teruya is survived by his wife, Rose; his brothers Keiji (Pat), Kisei, Kishiro (Bernice), and Daniel; his sisters Yoshiko, Anna, and Amy; his daughters Sharon, LeAnne (Ray), and Beverly (Kelly); four grandchildren; and many nephews and nieces.

(Source: Family of Dr. Teruya)