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Update from the Board of Directors on the Ropes & Gray Report:

June 24, 2017 Child Safeguarding Update
September  3, 2015  Announcement of the Strength & Courage Scholarship Award
July 27, 2015 Update from the Board of Directors
(Japanese translation of Ropes & Gray Report)
June 15, 2015 Update from the Board of Directors
June 5, 2015 Update from the Board of Directors


Alumni Updates



Welcome to our newest alumni, the Class of 2017! On Friday, June 2, the Class of 2017 walked the campus, parading through each divisional building, as students and parents expressed their congratulations. The senior walk concluded as the Class of ’17 passed through our temporarily resurrected historic gate, ceremoniously stepped on the stones of past classes and, in the end, unveiled their own class stone. (read more)


The Alumni Council Spring Dinner was held at the Early Learning Center in Roppongi on May 19. This year they honored attending faculty Susan Huber and John Seevers as well as staff members Keiko Auckerman and Noriko Saji, who are departing ASIJ after many years of service and dedication. Attendees also celebrated the lives of recently passed music teacher Brent Huber and art teacher Ki Nimori with a brief memorial. The Vocal Jazz Ensemble attended to sing a tribute to Brent.

The Alumni Council has a tradition of honoring faculty and staff members who have served ASIJ for an extended period of time. This year there were six faculty and staff members who served 20 years or more. (view photos)

James Scullion '07 and his team recently won an Emmy for Outstanding Sound Editing in Animation for their work on Lost in Oz. Their other projects include The Adventures of Puss in Boots, Dragons: Race to the Edge, Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness and Lego Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures (read more)

Erica Benner '80 recently published her new book Be Like the Fox: Machiavelli's Lifelong Quest for Freedom. The book is a biography described as "the most compelling portrait of Machiavelli yet."  (read more)

Bob MacLeod (AP '73-'76) writes in that he "enjoyed recent article on Purls in The Ambassador - reminded us of long ago when we first arrived in Japan in 1973, and were welcomed to dinner at the Purl's home. Our interest in Japan continues, and we often visit the Morikami Japanese Gardens in Delray Beach FL, and take out-of-town visitors there." He attached the above photo of his children Lisa '78 and Brian '86 by a Japanese gate, and their mother Joanne (AP '73-'76).

Linda Rubenfeld '65 sent in the above photo taken at a recent informal ASIJ reunion in San Francisco attended by Terry Parsons '65, Susie Broe Parmelee '65, Debbie Hutchinson Rivers '70, Gwen Holbrook Rainey '64, Scott Hutchinson '65 and Terry Herzig '64.

Mei Sun Li '56 met up with three ASIJ alumni on April 27 in Palm Desert, California at a Love Fest get-together. Pictured are Ann Li '58, Heather McCune Thompson '57, Barbara Leckie Collins '56 and Mei Sun Li '56.

Mei Sun also recently visited "no-nonsense math teacher Miss Helen Dewey (FF '52-'56)" along with Betty Lee Kuo '55. She says that Helen loves to reminisce about her glorious years at ASIJ, "Once you get her going, words gush, her eyes sparkle." (read more about Helen Dewey and Mei and Betty's visit)


In Memoriam

We are sad to say our goodbyes to the following community members:

Fred Hirata '84 passed away peacefully at his home in Burlingame, California on on May 21. His family and friends held a service in his memory at Sturge Presbyterian Church in San Mateo on May 27.

David Thomas '70 passed away on May 18 after his long battle with multiple myeloma.

Please see the Alumni News Archive for previously listed obituaries.


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