Hiroshi Alfonso Dodohara
June 15, 1938- January 24, 2021
Hiroshi Alfonso Dodohara, 82 of Lusby, Maryland passed away Sunday, January 24, 2021 at Washington Adventist Hospital, in Silver Spring, MD. He was born in Lima, Peru to Jitsuo and Takeno Dodohara on June 15, 1938. At the age of 5, Hiroshi and his family were taken from their home in Peru and placed in an internment camp in Crystal City, Texas.
When released from the camp, Hiroshi’s parents settled the family in Seabrook, NJ, where he graduated from Bridgeton High School in 1956. He earned his bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA, and his master’s degree from George Washington University in Washington, D.C.
He began his 50+ year career, within the US government, at the Naval Ordnance Station (as it was called back then) in Indian Head, MD. Known as Hiroshi to family and friends he grew up with, to colleagues and friends, since college, he is known as Dody. Eventually transferring to the US Environmental Protection Agency, Hiroshi retired in 2015 at the age of 77.
Hiroshi is survived by his daughter Cathleen Dodohara-Cooper, son in law Donald Cooper, daughter in law, Jennifer Dodohara, granddaughter Lindsey Cooper-Oneyear, grandsons Thomas Cooper, Donald Cooper II, and Jacob Dodohara, and his sister Masako Rosa Dodohara.
Hiroshi is preceded in death by his parents Jitsuo and Takeno Dodohara, brothers Takashi Dodohara and Tamotsu Dodohara, son James Dodohara, and daughter Hanako Dodohara.
There will be a small service for immediate family members only.
The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be sent to the American Heart Association.