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Joshua Yasuo Suzuki

Joshua Yasuo Suzuki, age 78, passed away on April 19, 2020 from COVID-19 complications. He was born in a small town called Hizume in Iwate Prefecture, Japan in July 1941. He was one of five siblings in a working-class family that ran a general store in town.

As his parents had a high school education, his proudest and most defining moment was his admission to Tohoku University, equivalent in Japan to an Ivy League school. He graduated from its medical school and became a resident physician at the US Air Force hospital in Tachikawa, Japan during the Vietnam War. He chose to forgo a comfortable future in Japan and continued his training in the US. At a hospital in Connecticut, the chief resident, a Jewish man, declared: "Yasuo sounds like how we say Joshua in Hebrew," and he was Joshua from that day forward. He went on to become a board-certified OB/GYN. "It was the only kind of doctor where people are mostly happy," he would later tell his children. He practiced medicine in Seattle for over 20 years, based out of the Polyclinic.

He raised his family in Shoreline and is survived his sons: Ken, Joe, Dan, and Ian; grandchildren Avery, Piper, Kira, and Tyson. His surviving siblings in Japan are Keiko, Ryuhachiro, and Hideo Suzuki.

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Published in The Seattle Times on Apr. 26, 2020.
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June 30, 2020
Dr Suzuki, #1 Best Doctor was an amazing person with a remarkable life! He brought much joy to delivering babies. He had a great sense of humor and was a genuine doctor who truly care for his patients. He always would take time to engage in great conversation because as he put it we have nine months together. It is important to know one another and have trust.

Dr. Suzuki is spreading his wisdom, sharing stories and watching from afar he will send signs to you he is near.

I see his smile a beautiful soul will always remain in our thoughts and memories. May your family find comfort and strength in all days forward that he lived a great life story.
Brenda Moriarty
Acquaintance
May 26, 2020
When I visited my dad in memory care last year, there was this wonderful Japanese man that always made me smile. Such lovely energy. I never knew his name until someone mentioned the article in the Seattle Times.

He is one of the people I missed after my father died and I was no longer visiting the facility.
Cynthia Bradshaw
May 22, 2020
I will always remember the kindness and warmth of Dr. Suzuki and his nurse Mary Lindgren from our many years at The Polyclinic. My thoughts and prayers for his family.
Terry Reule
April 27, 2020
Dan Suzuki
April 27, 2020
Dan Suzuki
April 27, 2020
Dan Suzuki
April 27, 2020
Dan Suzuki
April 27, 2020
Dan Suzuki
April 27, 2020
Dan Suzuki
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Dan Suzuki
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Dan Suzuki
April 26, 2020
Im very sad to get this news about a good friend to me and all who knew Josh. He was my OB/Gyn partner and my mentor and confidante at Polyclinic. Our lives intertwined through the kids and families and I send condolences to all. Josh will be missed!
Richard Agress
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