George Azumano is a second generation Japanese American, born in Portland in 1918. He earned a BS from the University of Oregon in 1940. After internment during WWII he established an insurance agency and soon expanded into the travel business. He has been an active member of the Epworth Methodist Church since 1935. He has served on the General Board of Pensions for the United Methodist Church, as a Willamette University trustee, and on the Japanese American National Museum's Board of Trustees. In 1982, the Japanese government awarded him the Emperor's Medal of the 4th Order of the Rising Sun.
Epworth United Methodist Church (Portland)
From its beginnings as a mission in the late 1890s, Epworth United Methodist Church in Portland has been an important religious and community center for Japanese American residents. It is the only Japanese Methodist church in the state and one of only sixteen in the nation. After the number of …