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Kenneth Myers, 94; Helped Ex-Internees Obtain Insurance

June 28, 2003|From Times Wire Reports

Kenneth Gordon Myers, who helped get insurance for Japanese Americans returning from World War II internment camps and was state campaign treasurer for two presidents, died June 13 in Seattle after a long illness. He was 94.

Myers, a business and Presbyterian church leader for decades in Seattle and Bainbridge Island, Wash., attended the University of Washington and followed his father in the insurance business.

After World War II, moved by the patriotism of Japanese Americans in the U.S. military, he persuaded insurance companies to reverse course and provide home and automobile coverage for Japanese Americans returning from internment camps.

Myers was treasurer for the Washington state presidential primary campaigns of Dwight Eisenhower and Richard Nixon in 1952 and 1968, respectively.

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