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Noriko M. Akatsuka

1937 - 2016 Obituary Condolences Gallery
Noriko M. Akatsuka Obituary
March 17, 1937 - October 17, 2016 Beloved UCLA professor, scholar, mentor, colleague, friend, and "grandma." Noriko (Akatsuka-sensei, Noriko-sensei, Noribaachan) passed peacefully at UCLA Santa Monica Medical Center surrounded by friends and her American family. Noriko is best known for her innovative work in Japanese linguistics and language pedagogy, her unbounded positive outlook on the world, and her magnetic, charismatic, and carefree personality. Noriko was always brilliant, with ever-sharp insights and humorous commentary. She loved language, her own grandma, her friends, her students, her colleagues, her garden (especially morning glories, tomatoes, and persimmons), noodles of all kinds and ethnic varieties, piano, cats, rabbits, and children. A celebration of Noriko's life is being planned for mid-June, 2017 at UCLA. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to UCLA Division of Geriatrics, indicating in the memo line, "in memory of Noriko Akatsuka." Mail to: UCLA Health Sciences Dev, Attn: Brian Loew, 10945 Le Conte Avenue, Ste 3132, Los Angeles, CA 90095, (310) 794-7620, [email protected] or donate online at https://giving.ucla.edu/Standard/NetDonate.aspx?SiteNum=278.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Oct. 27 to Oct. 30, 2016
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