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Wayne State University Law School Announces Izumi Family Endowed Scholarship

May 02, 2008

DETROIT (May 1, 2008) – Wayne State University Law School is pleased to announce the creation of the Izumi Family Endowed Scholarship to recognize scholastic achievement, encourage continued progress, and provide assistance to students in financing their education at the Law School.

The Izumi Family Fund was originally established by the ninth dean of Wayne Law Frank H. Wu and his wife, Carol (“Debbie”) Izumi, to honor the memory of her parents Shinsuke Edwin and Misao Izumi. It was set up as an independent account of Wayne Law, which had exclusive purpose supporting Law School activities. At the request of Wu and Izumi, the existing Izumi Family Fund has been revised to create the Izumi Family Endowed Scholarship with $125,000 in gifts already received by the university.

“We wanted to honor the memory of my parents by ensuring that law students are encouraged to work toward righting wrongs in our society,” said Carol Izumi. “Even though my parents were unjustly viewed with suspicion and interned because of their Japanese ancestry, they always believed in the values and principles of American democracy.”

Shinsuke Edwin Izumi was born in 1905 in the Wakayama prefecture of Japan. Known as Ed, he was the second child in a family of six children. At 16, he emigrated to Los Angeles, Calif., where he worked at his brother-in-law’s shoe store.

Misao Oshima was born in 1909 in Sacramento, Calif., the only daughter in a family of three children. In 1928, she moved to Los Angeles, where she worked at the Rafu Shimpo, a Japanese newspaper, and met a young shoe store executive, Edwin Izumi. Oshima and Izumi were married in 1931. They bought a produce market in Hollywood, and soon thereafter daughter Nobuko Anne was born.

After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Dec. 7, 1941, the family was held at the Tule Lake internment camp in Northern California. Izumi was recruited out of Tule Lake to work for the U.S. government, and the family moved to Cleveland, Ohio. 

After the repeal of the racial bar on naturalization, Izumi became a citizen in 1952. A few years later, he was transferred to the Army Map Service in Washington, D.C. In Washington, Oshima worked at the Bureau of Standards, and later at the Department of the Interior and the Library of Congress. Another daughter, Carol Lynne, was born during their years in the nation’s capitol.

The family moved to St. Louis in 1958, when Izumi was transferred to work at the Aeronautical Chart and Information Center. He had a long career at ACIC and retired in 1973. In St. Louis, they spent time with many friends and family, including their three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Oshima died in 1997. Ed Izumi died in 2001.

For more information on how you can support the Izumi Family Endowed Scholarship or other scholarships at Wayne State University Law School, please contact Mary Hollens via email at am2674@wayne.edu or by phone at (313) 577-4141. You can also visit the Office of Development online at http://giving.wayne.edu/index-makeagift.html

Wayne State University Law School has educated and served the Detroit metropolitan area since its inception as Detroit City Law School in 1927. Located at 471 W. Palmer St. in Detroit’s re-energized historic cultural center, the Law School remains committed to student success and features modern lecture and court facilities, multi-media and distance learning classrooms, a 250-seat auditorium, and the Arthur Neef Law Library, which houses one of the nation's 30 largest legal collections. Taught by an internationally recognized and expert faculty, Wayne State Law School students experience a high-quality legal education via a growing array of hands-on curricular offerings, five live-client clinics, and access to well over 100 internships with local and non-profit entities each year. Its 11,000 living alumni, who work in every state of the nation and more than a dozen foreign countries, are experts in their disciplines and include leading members of the local, national and international legal communities. For more information, visit www.law.wayne.edu.

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