Alumnus Honored by White House for "Powerful Example" of Volunteerism

Thursday, June 26, 2008

William H. "Mo" Marumoto '57 was one of two recent recipients of the nation's highest honor for community service—the President's Volunteer Service Award. Marumoto and a fellow colleague from the Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS) were heralded by President George W. Bush during the White House celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month: "They have served important causes...These acts of kindness have changed lives; they've laid the foundation for stronger communities. And they really speak to the strength of America...The true strength of the country lies in the hearts and souls of citizens  who hear the call to love a neighbor and do something about it." 

APAICS President Marumoto has a history of more than 50 years of volunteer service in non-profits, devoting approximately 35,000 hours of service from 1958 to 2008. His philanthropic work encompasses fields such as education, social service, the arts, and leadership development. He is a proud Lancer Society alumnus, and former member of the Whittier College Board of Trustees; he has received both the Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award (1991) and the Alumni Service Award (1978).