All in the Family – Mary Matsuda Gruenewald

Headshot of Mary Matsuda Gruenewald

A tribute from Ray Gruenewald and Jim Bushnell

Mary was an active member of UUC in early 2000’s and was an author, health care pioneer, and activist. As a Japanese American, she was interned during WWII and in her 80’s wrote about the experience in her book Looking Like the Enemy. While promoting her book, she was a strong advocate for Arab and Muslim people who faced similar injustice after the 9/11 attacks. As the head nurse and ER supervisor of Group Health Hospital, she conceived and developed the Consulting Nurse Service—the first of its kind—which is widely used today in this era of telehealth. In 2002, she was part of a delegation to Congress and met with President George W. Bush to advocate for an improved national health system. She passed peacefully from pneumonia on February 11, 2021.

Mary shared her experience with students whenever she could. This video is by four junior high students she shared her story with in 2019: Escaping Espionage (wevideo.com)

There are several wonderful articles about Mary on the Internet—happy surfing.

2 Responses

  1. Mary Davis says:

    A dear friend, mentor and personal hero. ❤️ She taught me so much, and was always ready to listen with her heart.

  2. Jim Bushnell says:

    Thank you Mary, She was a wonderful person and lived a full life. I still recall that for many years she kept the copy of Time magazine that featured a cover story about your daughter.
    Jim