Mamoru Mitsui ’58

Mamoru Mitsui ’58, born in Japan in October 1934, died on August 26, 2010, at Tufts Medical Center in Boston, an American citizen since 1967. Wife Judy was in attendance nearly two months until heart issues complicated by lung issues overcame “Mori.” His Dartmouth ties ran deep. His father, Takanaga Mitsui, graduated in 1915, brother Takanobu in 1943. Back in Tokyo, 7-year-old Mori witnessed the 1941 Doolittle bombing raid from his bedroom window. He majored in art modified by architecture at Dartmouth, joined Theta Delta Chi, lettered in crew (as coxswain) and was a member of Casque & Gauntlet. He completed a four-year graduate program in architecture at Yale in 1963 and practiced at firms in Colorado and New Hampshire before starting his own firm in Hooksett, New Hampshire, in 1977. Besides his practice, he earned distinction for professional work at the Construction Specifications Institute. His first marriage to Michele White, with whom he had children Mia Hussey and Mano, ended in 1978. A year later he married Judy Kiser, who bore son Kenneth in 1985. In 1989 the Mitsui family moved to a house in Kittery Point, Maine, where they lived at his death. In a 1991 newspaper interview Mori confessed concern as the 50th anniversary of Pearl Harbor neared. But in the late 1990s, after more than 30 years as an American citizen, he was decorated by the Air National Guard for his work as base architect at the Pease National Guard Base in New Hampshire.

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