Tadaaki Kikugawa B.D., 1956
October 08, 2009
Resident of Moraga, CA, Tadaaki "Tad" Kikugawa passed away on Oct. 8, 2009 with his family by his side. He was 81 years old. Tad was born on March 31, 1928, on the island of Lanai, and grew up in Wahiawa, HI. He graduated from Leilehua High School and Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, TX. He also graduated from seminaries in New Orleans, LA, New York, NY, as well as Andover Newton in 1956.
After graduation, Tad and his wife Elinor settled in the Bay Area. He then obtained his teaching credentials from San Francisco State University and began his career teaching mathematics at De Anza High School, Richmond School District. Tad had a lifetime interest in pottery, woodworking, brush painting, and bonsai. His pottery graces the homes of friends and family in parts of the world.
A man of great warmth and friendliness, Tad was always striking up conversations with strangers, who would then become lifelong friends. He was generous with his time and loved to spend time with his grandchildren, sharing with them his love of pottery. Tad is survived by his wife Elinor, sons Michael and David, daughter Carole, and their families. He also leaves behind his brother Reggie of Tulsa, OK, and many nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, a contribution may be made in Tad’s memory to the UCSF Foundation to further research on prostate cancer: UCSF Foundation, Attn: Ann Carollo, UCSF Box 0248, San Francisco, CA 94143-0248.