In Memory

Henry Matsumoto**

Henry Matsumoto**

Henry "Hank" Matsumoto
1924 - 2001

Hank was born in California on November 24, 1924 and after teaching in the United States, joined DoDDS in 1956. He was assigned as a math teacher to the school in Ashiya, Japan.

Hank met Ritsuko Ikeda in 1957 and they were married in 1962. He spent his entire 26 year career in Japan. In 1958 Hank moved to Itazuki, in 1960 to Johnson H.S. and in 1974 to Yokota H.S. Due to illness, Hank took medical retirement in 1982.

Hank and his wife, Ritsuko continued to live in Japan in Tanaka Heights, near Yokota Air Base. After being hospitalized for two weeks, Hank passed away on August 23, 2001.

Prepared by James Lenz, member of the JHS Faculty

The Johnson High alumni will miss Mr. Matsumoto, one of our favorite math teacher very much.

Here is some of the comments made by his students:

Nora Keithley - I heard that Mr. Matsumoto taught when they built Yokota High School and he died some time ago in Japan and was buried there.

Carol Hilton Kusinitz - Yes, Mr. Matsumoto really stands out in my memory.

Jo Ellen Polite - I am so sorry to hear about Mr Matsumoto. He was a good teacher. Algebra is not an easy subject to teach. I will always remember him.

Jessie L. Collins - Me too! We did have some really good teachers over there!