On October 20, 2002, the Yolo County Board of Supervisors unanimously passed a resolution recognizing the contributions
International House Davis founder Shunta Yamamoto. The text of the resolution follows.
WHEREAS, Shunta Yamamoto, a native of Japan, came to the United States in 1950 in search of the ideal place to institute his vision for an International House, whereupon he chose Davis, CA; and
WHEREAS, he lived a life of social and historical significance by both associating himself with and maintaining relationships with numerous historical figures including Albert Einstein and the 33rd President of the United States Harry S. Truman; and
WHEREAS, Mr. Yamamoto played a trail-blazing role in United States history by acting as an emissary to President Truman and being the first Japanese individual to receive an American visa after the conclusion of World War II; and
WHEREAS, he made contributions of finance by donating the capital necessary to begin an operating budget for the International House and to purchase the land necessary at 10 College Park to serve as its headquarters which he later gave to the organization, and contributions of time by serving as Chairman of the Board; and
WHEREAS, Shunta Yamamoto facilitated ideas of community planning, human development, and environmental care, and facilitated the activities of teachers, government officials, and businessmen through the International House; and
WHEREAS, Mr. Yamamoto with the establishment of the International House, promoted not only community involvement but also student participation which is evident through the large numbers of volunteers associated with the facility; and
WHEREAS, he was recognized for his contributions to the community by being named an Honorary Citizen of Davis; and
WHEREAS, Shunta Yamamoto left a living legacy to his wife Catherine and their two daughters Eleanor and Janet by promoting the pursuit of education, inclusion, and communication.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, the memory of Shunta Yamamoto is to be recognized and honored by not only citizens of Yolo County but by every American citizen for his cross-cultural vision, his social and financial contributions, and his everlasting commitment to his dreams; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that we gather here today to pay proper tribute to this true pioneer of both cultural understanding and community togetherness.
PASSED AND ADOPTED this 10th day of October, 2002 by the following vote:
AYES: Pollock, McGowan, Wolk, Stallard, Rosenberg.
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