Pharmacy Dean’s Legacy Lives On
To the eight Japanese students in the UCSF School of Pharmacy after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Troy C. Daniels, PhD, was more than their esteemed dean -- he was the kept promise of a country that had lost its way.
Dean Daniels fought publically and aggressively against the 1942 presidential decree that ordered all people of Japanese descent on the West Coast to be interned in camps. He met the general charged with implementing the command to challenge the order for his students. "My father even told General DeWitt that he and my mother were prepared to adopt Harry Iwamoto, a graduate student in his lab who would have been one of the first PhD graduates from the school," says the dean’s son, Troy E. Daniels, DDS, MS., a professor in the schools of dentistry and medicine. "The general said the conversation was over. My father kept arguing until he was escorted out, and Iwamoto completed his PhD degree after the war at another university."
Daniels rallied the faculty together to accelerate the program so that the Nisei seniors could take their state board exams early. After passing their exams, he helped them get safe passage out of San Francisco and personally contacted law enforcement agencies about their traveling to rejoin their families.
"My father had no international background -- he was born and raised on dry-land farms in the middle of the country," says Troy. "His actions came from his core, as a highly principled man."
Daniels, who passed away in 1986, was honored this year by a $4 million endowment establishing a Dean Troy C. Daniels, PhD, Distinguished Professorship. The gift was made by one of Daniels’ former students and friend, Harry W. Hind, a 1939 graduate of the school, prize winning inventor, and philanthropist. Hind, who died in 2012 at the age of 96, credited Daniels for establishing the curriculum's basic science foundation for which the school is lauded.