Satoru C. Shimoda

ASQDE President - 1978-1980

  Satoru C. Shimoda  

Satoru C. "John" Shimoda was the 15th president of the American Society of Questioned Document Examiners.

During World War II, Mr. Shimoda served in the all-Japanese 442nd Infantry Regiment.  After the war, he worked in Army counter-intelligence and later as a criminal investigator.  Mr. Shimoda began his questioned document examination career in the U.S. Army Crime Laboratory in the 1950's. He also trained with Albert D. Osborn and Frank Murphy.  Upon retirement from the Army, he became the Assistant Director of the United States Postal Inspection Service Western Region Crime Laboratory and was later appointed as Director of the laboratory.  Among his many major cases was the famous San Francisco "Zodiac" case.  He retired in 1999 after 32 years with the postal laboratory.

Mr. Shimoda is a Life Member of the ASQDE.  He was one of the first diplomates of the American Board of Forensic Document Examiners.  He is a Retired Fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences.  He is a Life Member of the California Division of the International Association for Identification.  In 2007, John Shimoda received the Albert S. Osborn Award of Excellence in recognition of his distinguished career and the many contributions he made to both the ASQDE and the profession as a whole.

Derived from "Satoru C. 'John' Shimoda: The 2007 Albert S. Osborn Award Recipient," by Robert J. Muehlberger and Frank E. Franck, published in The Society News, November 2007, and "Crimelab Sleuth Turns in His Badge After 55 Years of Service," by Sharon Green Patton, published in the March/April 2000 issue of Postal Life magazine.