Lorraine Suzuki, PhD '73, was a Leader in Bridging Asian and American Cultures and a Member of the Visiting Committee

(This article appeared in the Winter 2017 issue of SSA Magazine.)

Lorraine SuzukiLorraine Suzuki, member of the SSA Visiting Committee from 2011 to 2014, died September 16, 2016 at the age of 77.

Soon after enrolling in SSA's doctoral program, she was tutored in statistics by Yuji Suzuki, SM '70, a Japanese alumnus from the graduate program in statistics and a teaching assistant in mathematics. She had not only acquired a deeper understanding of mathematics and a mastery of chopsticks, but also a life partner. Mr. Suzuki's career would lead him to a corporate position as a managing director charged with establishing a joint corporate venture between the US and Japan, and, eventually, to become owner and president of the company. Their professional lives crisscrossed continents, with home bases in Ann Arbor, MI and Tokyo, Japan.

After completing her PhD at SSA, Mrs. Suzuki took a faculty position as an associate professor in the University of Michigan School of Social Work, teaching in the areas of policy and administration.

Leaving the University of Michigan to join her husband, Mrs. Suzuki took a position in 1979 with the Asian Division of the University of Maryland University College to teach in its newly formed graduate program. She was their Director of the Business and Management and Economics Program from 1983-2001 and also the Director of International Research from 1990-2001. She was named the Associate Dean of the Asian Division of Programs in 2001, and eventually Vice President and Interim Director of the Asian Division. She retired in 2008.

In honor of her husband, Mrs. Suzuki created the Yuji Suzuki Scholarship in 2011. The first award was granted to SSA graduate Patrise Washington, AM '16. Yuji Suzuki recently gave an additional gift of $500,000 to the Yuji Suzuki Scholarship Fund and asked that it be renamed the Lorraine and Yuji Suzuki Scholarship Fund.

She is survived by her husband and their son Keelan.