From the Gazette Times:
OSU gives honorary degrees to Japanese-Americans
By KYLE ODEGARD
Students sent to internment camps recognized
In the spring of 1942, Noboru Endow, then a sophomore studying chemistry at Oregon State University, received a letter from the government telling him he had to leave school in five days and board a bus for Portland.
The Portland resident was devastated, even though heâ€™d been harassed and shunned in the dorms after Japan had bombed Pearl Harbor.
In the springtime following the attack on Pearl Harbor, Japanese-Americans were being rounded up and sent to internment camps because the government believed they posed a threat during wartime.
â€œI thought it was kind of a raw deal,â€? said Endow, who is now 85 and lives in Santa Clara, Calif. â€œI didnâ€™t think there was that was that much danger. I felt like an American. I was an American. I am an American. So I didnâ€™t feel it was right. But I wanted to cooperate with the authorities.â€?
More than 65 years later, Endow will return to OSU to receive an honorary degree during commencement ceremonies on June 15.
The university will recognize 42 Japanese-American students evacuated from campus, and present honorary degrees to 22 of them or to representatives of their families.
â€œA great wrong was done to them and it is never too late to do the right thing,â€? OSU President Ed Ray said in a news release.