Yoshihiro Uchida – local boy, World War II veteran, alumnus, part-time instructor and the driving force behind judo’s rise to an Olympic sport – was honored for an astounding 65 years of service to the university. This is a record not just for San Jose State but perhaps the entire California State University system. In honor of his dedication to SJSU, Uchida was presented with a medallion custom designed and poured at the SJSU Foundry. The piece pulls together his achievements and complements the many Olympic medals won by his students over the years.
President Qayoumi surprises judo legend Yoshihiro Uchida with a medallion commemorating his 65 years of service to SJSU, with friend Jan Masuda Cougill and Provost Ellen Junn (Robert Bain photo).