Dr. Tenney survived the tank battles on Bataan in the Philippines when Japan invaded in December 1941, the April 9, 1942 surrender and the tortures of the infamous Bataan Death March, the squalid POW death camps on the Philippines, Camp O’Donnell and Camp Cabanatuan, the Hell ship Clyde Maru to Japan, and Mitsui’s Omuta Miike coalmine (now a UNESCO Industrial World Heritage site without mention of POW slave labor) to receive a AM from San Diego State University in Business Education in 1967 and a PhD in Business Administration from the University of Southern California in 1972. He became a professor of accounting and finance at Arizona State University.
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In July 2015, he participated in a ceremony at the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angles to receive an official apology from Mitsubishi Materials Corporation to all its former POW slave laborers who were assigned to four of their copper and coal mines. The Mitsubishi Company, however, did not join in this apology. Nor have any other Japanese companies that used American and Allied POW slave labor.
Dr. Tenney was 96 and is survived by his wife, Betty (their 57th anniversary would have been Tuesday, February 28th); a son, Glenn Tenney (Susan) of San Mateo; two stepsons, Don Levi (Eileen) of Doylestown, PA, and Ed Levi (Jan) of Mountain View, AK; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
HERE is an obit that appeared Saturday’s in the San Diego Union Tribune and HERE is the one in The New Times. However, both contain a number of inaccuracies.
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you would like information on sending a condolence card to his widow, Betty.
Please donate to the American Defenders of Bataan and Corregidor Memorial Society in his memory.