Longtime professor Father George Minamiki dies at age 82

Author: Dennis Brown

Word has been received of the death of Rev. George H. Minamiki, S.J., associate professor emeritus of classical and Oriental languages and literatures at the University of Notre Dame.p. Father Minamiki died Friday (Jan. 4) of a heart attack in Los Angeles, where he was visiting family. He was 82. A member of the Notre Dame faculty since 1968, Father Minamiki taught Japanese and for more than 20 years served as coordinator of the University’s Year-in-Japan program. He was promoted from instructor to assistant professor in 1977 and to associate professor in 1986.p. Father Minamiki received the 1988 Sheedy Award for Excellence in Teaching in the College of Arts and Letters, and in 1991 he was a corecipient of the Madden Award for Outstanding Teaching of Freshmen.p. Before coming to Notre Dame, Father Minamiki spent 11 years as a teacher and administrator in Jesuit high schools in Japan, the last six as headmaster of Hiroshima Gakuin.p. Father Minamiki earned his doctorate from Notre Dame in 1977. He was graduated from Loyola University of Los Angeles, his hometown, with a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and held graduates degrees from Gonzaga University and Alma College. He was a priest of the Japan province of the Society of Jesus.p. Arrangements are pending.

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