Passing of Dr. Benjamin H. Hazard


Benjamin H. Hazard, 91 entered into rest on May 16, 2011

Son of Massachusetts , he became a world traveler, serving in the United States Army during World War II and the Korean conflict as a language officer in the Pacific Theater. He continued to serve as a reserve officer and retired with the rank of Colonel.

After receiving a PhD in History from the University of California , at Berkeley he was a History Professor for many years at San Jose State University .  A student of Japanese martial arts, he achieved 7th Degree Hanshi in Kendo and was instrumental in fostering the growth of Kendo, Kyudo and Naginata in California .

Preceded in death by his beloved wife Sumie Chikamori Hazard, he is survived by his daughters Daian Hennington, Alyne Hazard, Malyne Hazard, Francesca Custodia, three grandchildren and a host of loving students, friends and extended family.
 Note:
Visitation is at Oak Hill Funeral Home Saturday, May 21 from 1 pm  until 9 pm .

Memorial Service at Oak Hill Chapel of the Roses on Sunday, May 22 at 2 pm .
Oak Hill Memorial Park

300 Curtner Avenue
San Jose , CA  95125   (408) 297-2447



Reception Follows Immediately at


1523 Altamont Avenue
San Jose , CA 95125


Alyne (408) 761-0827


Nice overview of Dr. Hazard's military and martial arts history.

Outstanding example of a kendo history article which only Dr. Hazard, with his experience and attention to detail could write!

And a nice set of pictures from the funeral on facebook.

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