SACRAMENTO — Wayne Hisashi Maeda, who taught for 40 years at CSU Sacramento, passed away peacefully at his home in Sacramento on Feb. 27. He was 65.
A native of Dayton, Ohio born on Aug. 26, 1947, he retired in 2011. He also taught Asian American studies courses at UC Davis and Sacramento City College.
Maeda was one of the founding members of the CSUS Ethnic Studies Program, teaching while still a graduate student and developing the Asian American Studies Program.
The pre-eminent historian of the Japanese American experience in the Sacramento region, he curated the landmark 1992 Sacramento History Museum exhibit “Continuing Traditions: Japanese Americans, Story of a People, 1869-1992.”
In 2000 he authored “Changing Dreams and Treasured Memories: A Story of Japanese Americans in the Sacramento Region,” the only historical account of its kind.
He was a board member of numerous organizations, including the CSUS Japanese American Archival Collection Advisory Board, the National Japanese American Historical Society, Jan Ken Po Gakko, Wakamatsu Gold Hill Colony Foundation, and the Nichi Bei Foundation.
Since 1995, he was a book reviewer for The Nichi Bei Times and its successor, The Nichi Bei Weekly.
He was predeceased by parents, Masao and Ayako Maeda. He is survived by his wife, Lorrie Toohey Maeda; daughters, Yumi Maeda (Carly Tan) of San Mateo and Sachi Maeda of Torrance; ex-wife, Elaine (Matsumoto) Maeda; sister, Hatsuye Catherine Maeda; and brother, Setsuo Ralph Maeda.
A memorial service will be held on Friday, March 8, at 3 p.m. at Sacramento Betsuin Buddhist Church, 2401 Riverside Blvd. A potluck reception will follow.
Condolences can be sent to the Maeda family at 2420 36th Ave., Sacramento, CA 95822.
UPDATE: Lorrie Toohey Maeda, 64, passed away just days after her husband, on March 2. Born on June 26, 1948 in Eureka, she taught history for Los Rios Community College District from 1998 until 2012, mostly at Sacramento City College. The couple will be honored at the memorial service.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to any of the following:
30 Las Colinas Lane
San Jose, CA 95119-1212
2127 Front St.
Sacramento, CA 95818
Nichi Bei Foundation
PO Box 15693
San Francisco, CA 94115