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Thinking of Jerry on his birthday.  Today, CATS has announced the young artists who will be awarded the Dr. Jerry Hiura Inspiration Award.  These young recipients will ensure that Jerry's mission of helping emerging young artists (of many genres) will continue.
My condolences to Dr. Jerrold (Jerry)'s family. I first met Dr. Jerrold (Jerry) when I was referred to him by a co-worker. I had just gotten dental insurance while I worked for Eastfield Children's Center. He was easy going, easy to like, and had the most gentle hands. It was not long before he was seeing me and many of my friends (co-workers) as news spread quickly that he was a great dentist who was very caring and extremely likable. I remember his advocacy for the community. We would talk about mental health services when he became a Board Member for ACCI. He took his job seriously and wanted to know as much as he could about the various agencies in the county. I always admired him for his work for the community and as a wonderful, generous, and giving man.
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The CATS Board : Jerry - We Love You and miss you, and you'll forever be with us!
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Happy Birthday Dr. Jerry! 

 In honor of one of the most generous, creative, and charismatic individuals one could know, Contemporary Asian Theater Scene created the Dr. Jerry Hiura Inspiration Award to support, inspire and reward outstanding Bay Area high school and college artists.

This year's contest theme was "What it Means to be AAPI" which brought in entries across the art spectrum - from theater to visual art to film.

We were so proud and excited to share what an amazing man you were to the award recipients.  Your beautiful legacy will continue to lift so many artists!

Thank you!

Remembering Jerry today with fond appreciation for someone who was always thinking of the next project that would benefit an artist or organization: Jerry would ask me to lunch, usually to suggest a new program or agenda that we at CATS should follow or, often, something he wanted me to personally pursue. As a former dental hygienist, I was always conscious of the 1:30 time - the first appointment after lunch. I'd gently suggest ending the lunch periodically, but Jerry would continue chatting. And then, the inevitable phone call would come from his office reminding him that a patient was waiting. It's a tribute to him that his patients would not be upset and that anyone who had lunch with Jerry would have his full attention. Miss him greatly. Reiko
Ted Smith
1973, San Jose, CA, USA
When I moved to San Jose in the early 1970s, one of the first people I met was Virginia Hirsch, who seemed to know most people in town and she made it her business to make sure that I got connected to "all of the best people in town", including a dentist. She made sure that we connected with Dr. Tom Hiura and that connected has lasted decades. Pretty soon Tom was joined by his son Jerry and we bonded immediately. He was the only dentist I ever looked forward to seeing, since we always had fascinating talks about politics, travel, etc -
thanks for all that you contributed to our community, Jerry!

Ted Smith
Happy birthday in heaven Dr Jerry. ❤️ You are the kindest and sweetest guy we know and we miss you so much. - Edwin and Eleanor Datu
I miss Jerry, he had such a big heart. He was the type of dentist who would call and just check in. More than our dentist, he was a friend and role model for ethical conduct. His commitment to the Arts community and public service was unbelievable, Japantown has Jerry to thank for so much.
It was a beautiful tribute to Dr. Jerry today. He will be greatly missed by so many family, friends and patients. Happy Heavenly Birthday Dr. Jerry!
Jerry was a dear friend and member of our dental school band. His love for music and life in general was enormous. He was very skilled and talented, and his brilliant mind was humbling. I miss our phone calls and his humor. A very special man.
A Room with My View
2018, San Jose, CA, USA
A Room with My View
I send my prayer for comfort and consolation to Jerry's family. Just seeing his smiling face in the picture on this site brings back so many memories of wonderful chats and feelings of deep appreciation that such a good hearted and generous man was part of our community. As the long time Artistic Director of Teatro Vision I witness over, and over his thoughtful, skilled leadership. Our company not only benefitted from his donations but his enthusiastic encouragement to continue the work even though the economy, government and funders sometimes turned their backs. (though never our audience which always included Jerry!). I witnessed his hard work to build performance and other arts within the Japanese American community. He was a wonderful model of civic engagement and a deep advocate as an arts leader. iJERRY HIURA PRESENTE! iQUE VIVA JERRY!
We have been patients of Dr. Jerry Hiura for more than thirty years. A trip to the dentist always included talks regarding international travel. After Dr. J would ask me where Elenita and I were headed, he would always remark “you will like it there”. My wife and I have been to a great many places but probably not more then Dr. J. He and I had a long- time love affair with our Porsches. We would often exchange little stories about how we treated our cars which made sense to only those who were real enthusiasts. We will truly miss him.
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Lots of love and prayers from Audrey (Dorothy's favorite duplicate bridge partner), Lori and Peggy Lantz.
Dr jerry and his dad were mine and my family’s dentist. I will truly miss you and your stories and advice. RIP my friend. Sincerely the Cortez family
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I worked many years with Dr. Jerry. My heart is saddened.
Our deepest condolences to you, dear GanMa, and to Audrey, Larry, and your families. Steve and I will always remember what a delight it was to have you and Jerry at our wedding, and how supportive, engaging, kind, and loving he was to us. We will miss him and keep our fond memories of him in our hearts. We love you. -Laura & Steve
The arts, the Bay Area and beyond lost a warrior in Jerry Hiura. He was quiet but his presence demanded respect. I first met Jerry when I was appointed to the San Jose Arts Commission in 1992. Jerry was the chair and I was the newbie. This started an almost 30-year friendship, mentorship and being my dentist (I think almost everyone at one time or the other was a patient of Dr. Jerry). Jerry’s passion for the arts, community, diversity and artists was inspiring. Jerry’s quiet leadership, friendship, passion and generosity will be missed. Thank you for all you have done. Rest in peace gentle warrior.
Deepest condolences to Lucia and family. Jerry was an incredible generous force who did so much for the community - as a dentist, as an artist, as a mentor and so much more. He always sought to bring more people to the table, connect and weave a greater sense of community and shared purpose. He always made me feel welcome and encouraged; he always carried this tremendous contagious optimism and a bold vision of what could be, might be. Always so generous to Yu-Ai Kai and many other organizations, and mentored many of us, trying to figure out our place in the world. Jerry will be greatly missed, but leaves many of us so inspired to carry on the important work. Thank you for letting us be part of your journey.

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