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  • 85 years old
  • Born on January 15, 1929 in Tacoma, Washington, United States.
  • Passed away on February 1, 2014 in Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States.

This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Glen Kumasaka, 85, born on January 15, 1929 and passed away on February 1, 2014. We will love and remember him forever.

His obituary:

Kumasaka, Glen Hisashi

Glen Kumasaka, 85, of Ann Arbor, Michigan, passed away at home on February 1, 2014.  He is survived by his wife, Ruri, and sons Thomas, David and Peter, his eight grandchildren, his sister in-law Toyoko Yamashina, as well as his siblings Ruby Noji, Reiko Hayashi, and Hiroshi Kumasaka and his nieces and nephews.  

Glen was born in Tacoma, Washington on January 15, 1929.  After spending the war in the Tule Lake internment camp, his family relocated to Rochester, New York where he attended Eastman High School.  He received a BA from Harvard University and his MD from the University of Rochester in Rochester, New York.

He met and married Ruri Yamashina in Los Angeles, California. After a short courtship, they enjoyed a marriage which lasted over 53 years.

Glen had retired from a 28 year career as a radiologist at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor.   During his retirement he enjoyed watching his grandchildren flourish, and worked for years on his soon-to-be published memoirs.  Glen loved his family, friends, and classical music.  He would usually complete the New York Times Sunday crossword puzzle without difficulty.  Glen will be remembered as a kind and humble man who never felt comfortable being called “doctor.”  Like his father, Glen was ever-grateful and wrote in the anniversary book for his 50th college reunion that he hoped to be remembered as “someone whose whole life was ‘blessed by the most fantastic luck’.”

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Ozone House,, 1705 Washtenaw Avenue, Ann Arbor, MI 48104.

Please view and share recollections and photographs of Glen at this website:

A memorial service will be held in the Spring.  The specific time and place will be posted on this website in the coming days.

Posted by Angelika Schäfer on 8th April 2014
Dear David, I believe I met your parents two or three times and I especially remember your Dad trying to babysit Bendikt (than 18 mth) on Tim and Trics wedding. He always had suxh a wonderful smile and heartwarming intelligence. I am sorry for your loss. Angelika
Posted by Priscilla Mui on 2nd April 2014
I was a recipient of Glen and Ruri's welcome hosting on two visits from Los Angeles--once in AnnArbor, and once in Tucson. He always made sure I was well-fed, saw the best sights around, heard beautiful music, and was engaged in lively conversation. I will miss him, and I send my love to Ruri, Tom, Peter, David, Toyo, and their families.
Posted by Toyo Yamashina on 24th March 2014
As my brother-in-law and my late mother's son-in-law, Glen always embraced us as part of his family with his spirit of kindness and generosity…always. We were the lucky ones. " Arigatai!" as he would say.
Posted by Walter Pories on 23rd March 2014
I was one of the lucky ones to read Gleln's autobiography in an effort to get it published.but my daughter, who is an acquisitions editor, told him that it was interesting but needed further editing. Unfortunately, the editing never happened. Glen and i were classmates at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry and good friends. He was always calm, in great humor, knew the answers and was a thoughtful colleague with whom you could sit and talk. He made the world much richer. We will miss him. Walter Pories East Carolina University Greenville, North Carolina
Posted by Donald Tucker on 20th March 2014
Glen was always warm, self-effacing and competent during our days in medical school together. We will miss him very much.
Posted by Gernot And Gudrun Windfuh... on 18th February 2014
Ruri, Tom, David and Peter, We are very fortunate to have met Glen and remember fondly the many joyous get-togethers, cook-outs and fun tennis parties, the many stimulating discussions on so many topics, including his family history. He was one of those rare truly gentle friends. We miss him dearly. Gernot and Gudrun
Posted by Ethel Lee on 9th February 2014
To Kumasaka Clan: I 1st meet Glen In the radiology department of the Univ. of Rochester in 1962.We have been colleagues and friends since.What has influenced the most over all these years about Glen is his ability to accept the ups and downs of life with equanimity. Fred Lee
Posted by Ethel Lee on 9th February 2014
Ruri, Tom, David and Peter: I share your sadness at losing Glen. The best thing is that we had him in our lives so long. Aren't we lucky? (Glen's favorite phrase). Love to all of you. Ethel
Posted by DeeDee Fuleky on 9th February 2014
I was an x-ray tech at St. Joe's from '69-'75, and worked with Dr. Kumasaka. He was a wonderful person to work with, and always took any opportunity to teach us. He will be sadly missed, but fondly remembered. Best wishes to his family. DeeDee Fuleky
Posted by David Kumasaka on 3rd February 2014
I feel so fortunate that I was able to spend dad's last weeks at his bedside.

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