"He was a fine teacher."
Patricia Trainor Drope U. of A. 1984
I just learned this morning of this man's amazing courage on a short PBS documentary I stumbled across. I wish I had seen it while he was still with us. It takes a special brand of courage to stand alone for what is right rather than for what is easy. Well done, sir!
I have the privilege of knowing Gordon all my life. We spent much time discussing his stand when he stayed with our family in Seattle during the 1980's while his case was being prepared. It was a lesson in history that will be with our family forever. He will be missed by all of us but his spirit will be with us always.
To Susan, Jay, Mitzi and Maura, our thoughts and hearlfelt sympathy is with you.
I have many memories of Gordon from the time when both our families came to Edmonton and lived in the new faculty housing at U of A, through meeting and travelling with Gordon and Esther in Europe while Gordon and my father were on sabbatical. As well the Hirabayashis were frequent attendees at the many bridge games at our house while I was in high school. My condolences to Sharon, Marion, and Jay and their families.
I remember with fondness the evenings of bridge playing at the University of Alberta Faculty Club and at the Hirabayashi home. Both Gordon and Susan were great bridge players and relaxing hosts. Little did I know what a horrendous past Gordon had overcome...that is, until I hiked in the Tucson, AZ area and saw for the first time and hiked in the park named after him. I was so proud to have known him...
He was a great teacher and a fine role model. May there be many more like him...we need them.
Susan, take care of yourself....
M. Ruth Elliott
Jim: Having been out of touch with you since about 2000, I searched the Web and discovered that you had just lost your heroic older brother Gordon. My deepest sympathy to you and your family. He was with you for a very long time, but it is still hard to part.
I retired from the Newberry Library May 31, 2008, and now spend a lot of time in our second home, 512 Maxwell Street, Lake Geneva, WI 53147. I married my longtime companion in 2006 and added Quinn to my name. My telephone number is (847) 404-2861. Sincerely, Mary Janzen Quinn
More than powerful are gentle lives well led...Gordy's, Esther's. We will miss them both, yet feel such gratitude for their enduring friendship with Ruane and Howard and their amazing courage to challenge government distortions of liberties. Inspiring exampes for all of us.
We send our condolences to "Mari" , "Mitzi", Jay and families. Paul and Kayleen (Howard Scott's daughter) Pritchard
Gerry, Sharon & Family,
My deepest condolences.
What a wonderful role model. I'm sorry that you lost both parents together, but there certainly must be a reason for that.
We visited the Gordon Hirabayashi Recreation Area near Tucson last winter. Although we did not know Mr. Hirabayashi, the display detailing his life left us with a deep admiration of his honor, dedication and perserverance. What a remarkable person he was - honorable and dedicated to righting the injustices experienced by Japanese Canadians and Americans. May his family find strength in knowing how much he was admired and by the distinguished life that he lived.
To stand up for ones personal dignity, unselfishly, in times of crisis is the the ultimate tombstone. The world needs more men like this, and less of those who simply follow orders unthinkingly, thinking there is some virtue in following orders, without first determining if those orders are just, fair, and equitable. As long as intellectual laziness pervades the world, it cries out for those like Mr. Hirabayashi, like Martin Luther, like Gandhi, who defy injustice, in any form, and in all its hordes, mobs, and multitudes.
A life well lived is a life well remembered. My sincere sympathy to Sharon, Gerry, and all the family.
I am so sorry for your loss. I was a Sociology student of Dr. Hirabayashi's at the U of A many years ago. Prior to that class, I was unaware that Canada also had internment camps for Japanese-Canadians during the war. Dr. Hirabayashi opened my eyes to a lot of injustices in our world. I will always remember him.
At the end of each life is a legacy of love.. My deepest condolences to the family and friends. As the days and weeks pass and as you return to life routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of God, family and friend James 4:8 Draw close to God and he will draw close to you
God bless him and all his family at this time of sorrow
Thinking of you all. Love the Wasnea family
To the the family of Gordon Hirabayashi - May God give you peace and comfort through his word and the Lord Jesus Christ during this time of sorrow, I know that he will be missed by many.
A man who was a perfect example of what this country should stand for. RIP
We will light a fire tonight in honor of the soul of Gordon Hirabayashi, pacifist, exemplar of resistance against racism and tyranny, teacher and model of informed and engaged citizenship. We send our sympathy to the family of a great man.
Dr. John and Betsy Freiburger Fitchburg WI
I was fortunate enough to have taken a class with Dr. Hirabayashi at the University of Alberta. I now teach Grade 9 Social Studies, and since one of the major units deals with the infringement of human rights during war times, I tell his story every year. He was an engaging teacher and, obviously, a brave and moral man.
Our country is poorer for the loss of this courageous and determined man. Mr. Hirabayashi fought a battle not only for his own rights, but for the rights of thousands of other persecuted Japanese Americans during this shameful period in American history. Thank you, Mr. Hirabayashi, and Rest in Peace.
Your father/husband was a great civil rights leader. I will miss him.
he was truly a profile in courage.
Gordon Hirabayashi, a name that will forever stand for justice. "Now he belongs to the ages."
Rembrance from a student at U of W,years ago , Barbara Otteson
"Justice is the end of government. It is the end of civil society. It ever has been and ever will be pursued until it be obtained, or until liberty be lost in the pursuit." Publius, The Federalist, No. 51 (Hamilton)
Mr. Hirabayashi's life story is an inspiration to all who choose to remain vigilant in the ongoing battle for freedom and liberty.
May we never forget Mr. Hirabayashi and the legacy of the internment camps.
Two points stand out to me in this obituary among many which are; a judge or anyone saying our Constitution is "irrelevant" and '...the U.S. government admitted it made a mistake. A country that can do that is a strong country." I pray for our Nation, Mr. and Mrs. Hirabayashi, their family, and survivors of the internment camps, that peace and joy will be found at last.
An amazing man who has left us all with clear message concerning the measure of a man's integrity.