Donor of JA Incarceration Photos Receives WSU Honorary Alumna Award


Patti Hirahara with WSU President Kirk Schulz. (Photo by Steve Nakata)


By STEVE NAKATA, WSU Division of Student Affairs

PULLMAN, Wash. – Ever since Patti Hirahara donated to Washington State University more than 2,000 photos taken by her father and grandfather while in a Japanese American incarceration camp during World War II, she has dedicated her life to serving as an ambassador for WSU promoting the collection and educating others about the Japanese American legacy.

The WSU Alumni Association honored Hirahara, of Anaheim, for her dedication by presenting her with the Honorary Alumna Award following a recent speech she gave at WSU Spokane’s Student Diversity Center.

It is the most prestigious award given to non-WSU graduates by the Alumni Association. Established in 1966, it honors friends of WSU who have given special service to the university. Hirahara is the first Japanese American