Fresno State President Joseph I. Castro has directed that the University’s U.S. and California flags be posted at half-staff from sunrise to sunset Sunday, Sept. 24, in honor of Sensei Haruo Imamura, a part-time instructor in the Department of Kinesiology who died Sept. 19 at the age of 84 after battling colon cancer since January.
In 1980, Sensei Imamura joined Fresno State where he taught judo. A national judo champion, he also taught at his family-owned Fresno Judo Club and formed Fresno State’s first judo club, later run by his sons Randy and Richard. His granddaughter, Miranda Imamura, a Fresno State pre-nursing student, won a national judo title for the Fresno State Judo Club in 2016 and last month competed for a world title in Taipei, Taiwan, but was eliminated in the round of 16 after winning one match.
Visitation for Sensei Imamura is 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 23, at Lisle Funeral Home in Fresno (1605 L St.). The funeral service is at 3 p.m., Sunday, at the Fresno Buddhist Temple’s Family Dharma Center in Fresno (2690 E. Alluvial Ave.).