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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


Paul Erland '53 recently celebrated the 50th anniversary of his arrival to the Canary Islands where he and his wife Rosemary Erland created the business Yatlántico, which was a pioneer in the industry of reinforced polyester resins in the islands. Paul was honored with a tribute at the Hotel Elba Vecindario in Gran Canaria.

Following a concert at Suntory Hall in Tokyo, Kojiro Umezaki '86 organized a get together with a group of former classmates —Yu-Tsung Chang '86, Nancy Hashima ‘86, Norie Fukuda-Matsushima ‘86, Yuki Hirooka '82, Yoko Endo-Hirooka ‘86, Kojiro Umezaki ‘86, Arata Yamamoto ’86, Ken Nimori ‘84, Junko Sumiya '86 and Toyoko Tasaki ‘86. Photo here.

Mei Sun Li ‘56 visited Elaine Steele (FF '55-'56) this summer just before she celebrated her 98th birthday on July 1. Elaine taught English at ASIJ in the mid 50s and originally re-connected with Mei Sun while she was studying at Vassar in 1959.

David McCagg ‘02 married Cara Eisel on April 28, 2018. The wedding was in Macon, GA, and many ASIJ graduates were in attendance to celebrate — Andy McCagg ’00, Graham Nelson ‘00, Daniel Dickison ‘02, James Minahan ‘02, David Gogerty ‘02 and Annie Ruben ‘02. Photos here.

Andrew Deck '13 and Lia Camargo '13 helped to organize their 5 year reunion with celebrations in both Tokyo and NYC on August 25. The Tokyo reunion had dinner at a rooftop in Kamiyamacho, followed by a night out in Shibuya complete with karaoke. The New York City reunion was made up of alumni who traveled from Chicago, DC, Toronto, Boston and South Carolina, and also included karaoke in the East Village! More photos here.

Over 20 alumni, spouses and friends converged in Los Angeles over the weekend of August 24-26 for the 25th reunion of the Class of '93. People traveled from all over to attend the event, arriving from Japan, Costa Rica, Colorado, the DC area, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and various parts of California. Photo here.

In Memoriam

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

Lile Cruse (FF ‘66-’68) longtime music educator and musical theater producer, passed away on August, 23, 2018, following a short illness. He leaves behind his wife of 33 years, Michele Rivard, sister, Lenora Jagun, sons Mark, Jeff (deceased 2015) and Randy, and daughter Wanda Nettles. His grand children are: Travis, Nicholas, Justin, Charlotte, Syndi, Mark, David, Tina and Samuel. (read more)

Hallam Shorrock Jr. a former missionary to Japan and South Korea with a long career in international education, passed away in Claremont, CA, on August 8th. He was 94. Shorrock, along with his late wife, Helen Savage Shorrock, were among the first American missionaries allowed into Japan during the US occupation of that country after World War II. They arrived in 1947 and spent the next two decades as teachers and relief workers in Tokyo and Seoul before returning to the United States in 1969. At the time of his death, he was a resident of Pilgrim Place, a retirement home for former clergy and missionaries in Claremont. (read more)

Rewa Raykar ‘16 passed away on August 6, 2018 after a period of ill health. Rewa attended ASIJ for High School and went on to attend Rice University.


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