Education Pioneer Inspires a New Generation

January 6, 2018

To the Editor:


I was delighted to read Saki Imamura’s essay about Umeko Tuda (often spelled “Tsuda”) and to learn how she was inspired by that pioneering champion for women’s education in Japan. My wife, Mito Akiyoshi, earned her BA at Tsuda College, the institution Tsuda founded in 1900. Mito, who went on to earn her doctorate at the University of Chicago and is now a professor of sociology, was pleased to know that a young person living on Roosevelt Island had come to know Tsuda’s life story.


Essay winners Mariam Khelashvili and Saki Imamura received citations from Assembly Member Rebecca Seawright


When she and I visited the Tsuda College campus last year, I was impressed by the simplicity of Tsuda’s grave, which is located peacefully in a grove of trees.


Congratulations to Saki and her parents, with our best wishes for Saki’s future success. We hope she is glad to learn that a Tsuda alumna lives on the Island. 


Gerald Lombardi


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