Excerpt from the
Occidental College yearbook La Encina,
From left to right: Dr. L. Reed Brantley,
professor of chemistry, Ted Tajima (standing), Iko
John Nishiyama, and Mary Kariya
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Relocation of Occidental College
immediately following the declaration of war in
1941, President Remsen Bird, faculty and
administrators of Occidental
College took action to assure
current and prospective Occidental students they
could continue their college education.
earliest letter in the Occidental College
Library collection dates December 10, 1941.
Barely three days after the Pearl Harbor
attack, student Sinpachi Kanow wrote to Bird,
relating an incident of the previous day when
his brother was prevented from boarding a bus
in Los Angeles. Worried that what happened
would not be an isolated case, Kanow decided
to withdraw from school, noting that "I am
bitterly disappointed in not being able to
continue with my schooling". On December 11,
Bird wrote Kanow back, urging him not give up
The next page
features student profiles, links to related
letters in the Letters and Papers of Remsen
Bird and to related photos and stories from
the college newspaper and yearbooks, and a
roster of Occidental faculty.