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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 2018! Family, friends and students from every division congregated all over campus on the morning of Friday, June 1 for another year’s senior send-off. This is the first Senior Walk in the new courtyard and although the stepping-stone path has taken new form, graduates upheld the symbolic walk. (read more)


The Spring 2018 issue of our community magazine, The Ambassador, is here! It features the middle school movie cast and crew on the cover and stories on alumni such as actress Britney Young '06, Russian diplomat Oleg Troyanovsky '37 and multi-Academy Award-winning special effects maestro Jon Erland '57. Don't miss out on a tribute to 40 years of Kyogen, The Big Short and this issue's artifact either! (read The Ambassador)


The Alumni Council Spring Dinner was held at the Early Learning Center in Roppongi on May 11. The Alumni Council has a tradition of honoring faculty and staff members who have served ASIJ for an extended period of time, though this year alumni simply took the opportunity to enjoy food and drinks with their former classmates. (view photos)


Zachary Kline '16 developed his first iOS app which was released on released on the Apple App Store on Friday, June 8. The app is titled "Aloha Surfer," a game where you must surf and stay alive while facing down sharks and collecting prismatic leis. On developing the app, Zachary says "I have been on a year long journey of learning how to develop apps for Apple. I have finally achieved my goal of getting my first app on the app store. Special thanks for to my family and friends. And thank you to the ones that worked close with me on this beautiful project." (view the app)


Phyllis Lyons '60 recently published a new book titled In Black and White, describing it as "a translation of a virtually unknown major novel of the writer Tanizaki Junichiro...In Black and White (Kokubyaku) includes a translator's afterword that explains why this novel is so important, marking the pivot point in 1928 where Tanizaki turns from being a good writer into a great one." She continues,  "This novel is, I recognize, not itself the great one, but it's a fascinating tale of a writer killing a writer with his writing—only he didn't. Only he did, I argue: Tanizaki kills off his old self, so he is free to be the new self who was being mentioned for the Nobel when he died in 1965." (read more)

Phyllis was also awarded the Order of the Rising Sun by the Japanese government for her work at conveying Japanese literature and culture to non-Japanese audiences (including hundreds of students) and establishing the Japanese literature and language program at Northwestern University. She reflects that "The gratifying thing about an academic career is that it can continue after retirement." 

In Memoriam

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

Maureen Elizabeth Thielen (FF '86-'88) passed away May 8, 2018 from kidney cancer. She taught PE at ASIJ for two years and at Apple Valley Middle School in Minnesota for 22 years. Maureen completed 34 marathons, including Boston, and three Hawaiian Ironman Triathlons. She traveled Europe, Asia, Australia/New Zealand extensively. A memorial service was held on May 18 in Lakeville, MN. (read more)

Katherine “Kathy” Bergt Sandor '58 passed away on December 28, 2017, after a year-long battle with cancer. She is survived by her husband Don, daughters Julie, Jill and Laurel, four grandchildren, her sister Nancy Bergt Goehring '64 and her brother David Bergt ’60. She was born in Tampa, FL, and grew up in Tokyo and Yokohama, Japan, where her father was a Lutheran missionary. Upon leaving ASIJ, she graduated from Lutheran High School (central), St. Louis, MO, then later from Concordia Teachers College (now Concordia University) in Seward, Nebraska, and began her teaching career in Cincinnati, Ohio. There she met her husband, Donald Sandor, and they enjoyed just over 51 wonderful years together. Kathy was predeceased by her parents, Rev Elmer and Elvira Bergt, and her sister Florence Bergt Schick '61. (read more)

Rev. Albert Berton Wingfield (FF '65-'68, AP '64-'68), was called to his eternal rest on May 16, 2018, surrounded by loved ones. He was 84 years old. Albert served at ASIJ as a PE teacher and Dean of Students before moving to Hong Kong International School and returning to the states to become the founding principal of Lutheran High School North in Mt. Clemens, MI. (read more)

Colonel George Mercer Brooke III '63 (USMC Ret) passed away on Tuesday, March 27, 2018 after a brief illness. He is survived by his mother, Frances Bailey Brooke; his wife of 50 years Jane Leech Brooke; his daughter Catherine Brooke Hylton; his son George Mercer Brooke IV; and his sister Marion Brooke Carson. (read more)

 

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