The University of Calgary's Department of Linguistics, Languages, and Cultures is mourning the tragic loss of long time Japanese instructor Fumiko “Miko” Shimizu Summerell (beloved wife of Howard Summerell of Calgary). Fumiko passed away on Thursday, March 20, 2014 at the age of 60 years, after a long, courageous battle with acute leukemia.
Miko was born in Japan and moved to Calgary in 1972 to pursue her passion to learn the English language. Miko graduated from the University of Calgary with a Bachelor of Arts and a Master’s degree in Linguistics, and subsequently spent over 20 years teaching Japanese at the University of Calgary. She was a good friend and colleague to many in the Faculty of Arts and was a dedicated and talented instructor in the Japanese section of the Department of Linguistics, Languages and Cultures. She was also an active member of the Japanese-Calgary community and she had a life long passion for languages. At the time of her passing she was studying Spanish.
She will be dearly missed by all.
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To read the Calgary Herald obituary, please click HERE.