Sumiko Iwao, Ph.D., a TUJ Board of Overseers member, died on January 11, 2018. She was 83.

Dr Iwao received her Ph.D. from Yale, taught at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and then became a faculty member at Keio University. She was an early leader in Japanese women’s studies and social psychology, and a national figure serving on many government committees and commissions including being Chair of the Gender Equality Council and a member of the National Public Safety Commission. In her “second life” she micro-funded the Sakura Secondary School for Girls in Tanzania.

Her life was a model for Japanese professionals, male and female, and we will miss her valued advice and infallible charm.

Bruce Stronach