Tomin Harada, 87, the Japanese surgeon who led a group of disfigured atomic bomb survivors known as the "Hiroshima Maidens" to the United States for plastic surgery in the 1950s, died of pneumonia June 25 at a hospital in his native Hiroshima.
Dr. Harada, who helped pioneer treatment of diseases caused by exposure to radioactivity, was a Japanese Army physician during World War II. He was stationed in Taiwan when the war ended in 1945 with the dropping of atomic bombs by the United States on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
He returned to Hiroshima a year later to set up a private practice. He faced a city that had been leveled by the U.S. attack, killed 140,000 people and severely disfigured many others.
In 1955, he led the "Hiroshima Maidens" to the United States, where they received plastic surgery, which was unavailable in Japan at the time.
He was known for his joint tour with U.S. peace activist Barbara Reynolds across Europe and the United States in the 1960s.
Dr. Harada recently had become interested in cross-fertilizing roses. He named his own rose "Hiroshima" and sent it to peace activists and citizens in the United States, China, Germany and elsewhere.
Survivors include four children and 10 grandchildren.