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real estate and financial executive

Togo William Tanaka was American real estate and financial executive. Recipient Merit award, Society Advancement Management, 1950, Magazine award, Institute Graphic Arts, 1953, 1st award, International Council Industrial Editors, 1955, United Nations Educational Literacy award, 1954, Los Angeles Archbishop's Ecumenical award, 1986, Frances Larkin award, American Red Cross, 1993, Spirit of Wellness award, 1995.


Tanaka, Togo William was born on January 7, 1916 in Portland, Oregon, United States. Son of Masaharu and Katsu (Iwatate) Tanaka.


AB cum laude, University of California at Los Angeles, 1936.


Chairman Gramercy Enterprises, Los Angeles. Director T.W. Tanaka Company Inc., Los Angeles Wholesale Produce Market Development Corporation, 1979—1989, Federal Reserve Bank, San Francisco, 1979—1989. Editor California Daily News, 1935—1936, Los Angeles Japanese Daily News, 1936—1942.

Documentary historian War Relocation Authority, Manzanar, California, 1942. Staff member American Friends Service Committee, Chicago, 1943—1945. Editor to head publications division American Technology Society, 1945—1952.

Public Chicago Public Corporation, 1952—1956, School Industrial Press Inc., Los Angeles, 1956—1960. City commissioner Community Redevelopment Agency, 1973—1974. Member advisory board California 1st Bank, 1976—1978.

Board directors Methodist Hospital, 1978—1993.


  • Other Work

    • Co-author (with Frank K. Levin): English Composition and Rhetoric, 1948. Co-author: (with Doctor Jean Bordeaux) How to Talk More Effectively, 1948. Co-author: (with Alma Meland) Easy Pathways in English, 1949.


Board directors Goodwill Industries Southern California. Active member National Strategy Information Center New York, National Wellness Community, Western Justice Center Foundation. Chairman Los Angeles Chapter National Safety Council.

Member, citizens management review committee Los Angeles Unified School District, 1976—1977. Trustee Whittier College, Wilshire United Methodist Church, 1976—1978, California Academy Decathlon, 1978—1981. Advisory board Young Men’s Christian Association Metropolitan Los Angeles, 1977—1991, Boy Scouts American Council, 1980—1986, Visitors and Convention Bureau, 1984—1988, American Heart Association, 1984—1988, New Business Achievement Inc.

Advisory council to assessor, Los Angeles county, 1981—1984. Member advisory council California World Trade Commission, 1986—1987. Member of Japan-American Society Southern California (council member 1960-1978), Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce (director 1975-1977), Rotary (president, Los Angeles club 1983-1984, Service award 1995), Masons, Shriners, Lincoln Club, Los Angeles Athletic Club, Pi Gamma Mu, Pi Sigma Alpha, Phi Beta Kappa.


Married Jean Miho Wada, November 14, 1940. Children: Jeannie, Christine, Wesley.

Masaharu Tanaka

Katsu (Iwatate) Tanaka

Jean Miho Wada

Jeannie Tanaka

Christine Tanaka

Wesley Tanaka