Bob Kona receives Lifetime Achievement Award
We love our residents and on any given day we are surprised to learn of their extraordinary life experiences. Bob Kona is the recipient of the prestigious Albert Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award presented to individuals who have demonstrated exceptional leadership and made notable contributions to their industry.
Mr. Kona was born in Los Angeles 1932 and while in school, he had a kind teacher guide him to his love of words by helping him publish two poems while he was only 6 years old! Yet a few years later, Mr. Kona's education was interrupted with the outbreak of WWII. After the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, when he was 9, Mr. Kona was sent to an internment camp along with his parents.
In the 60s, Mr. Kona attended the University of Washington earning a Bachelor of Arts in English. With a long and lengthy career as a writer, including he was assistant professor at the University of Oregon, columnist for the Pacific Citizen, a national newspaper from the Japanese American Citizens League, translator and eventually a free-lance writer.
Mr. Kona has authored three books "The Last Fox: A Novel of the 100/442nd RCT," "The River of Time: A Collection of Short Stories" and "Westward Lies the Sun" the latter he wrote at age 86. Each of his books explore the Japanese-American connection of friendship, racism and faith.
A well-respected leader in his community, Mr. Kona has been involved in numerous literary organizations and nonprofits as well as serving on the board of directors to Japanese American Association.
At Creekside Village, our residents mean the world to us and feel their stories should be heard.
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