Some interviewees are naturally reserved. But in our hour-long interview, this mild-mannered, understated pharmacist revealed a few touching nuggets for a short Distinguished Alumnus profile for UCSF School of Pharmacy.
While the Haight-Ashbury exploded in psychedelia around him, Kishi was a serious young man focused on school, career, and the demands of a new family. And as a Japanese American during the prejudice and paranoia of mid-twentieth-century California (Kishi was born in a Colorado relocation camp in 1945 and soon after moved back to Sacramento), he remembers receiving clear messages at home: “Growing up post-war it was, ‘Don’t make waves. Fit in. Do well in school.’” Read more.