Faith Chang Chao of Rosemead, who received her doctorate in theology at the age of 82 after lifelong work as a missionary, and B. Tam Nomoto of Irvine, a municipal judge in Orange County, will be honored Saturday by the Organization of Chinese American Women.
Chao, born in Shanghai, established a welfare center for refugee children who had fled to Hong Kong after World War II. Twenty years later, after her eight children were grown, she returned to school and, at the age of 76, earned her master’s degree.
Nomoto has served 10 years on the bench, to which she was appointed at the age of 28, five years after receiving her law degree from UC Berkeley. She has acquainted children with the judicial system by having them stage mock trials in her court and, with the Girl Scouts, developed a program now used by Orange County Unified School District to educate parents and children on child abuse prevention.
The “Women of the Year” banquet will be at 7 p.m. at the New Otani Hotel.
It is open to non-members by reservation: (213) 470-5318.