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When I joined JASM, I knew Mr. Mondale as a figure in the news: senator, vice president, and ambassador. During my tenure as executive director, I got to know him as a person. In small-group settings his intelligence, insight, and humanity came through in ways national news could never convey.
As I think back on the many events we attended and overlapping connections we share, nothing stands out more than his words in honor of early community-builders Ruth Tanbara and Kimi Hara: in bestowing the Mondale Award, he said they represent the best of America. Nothing could ever undo the discrimination they faced in their lives, but such praise from a lifelong champion of individual liberty and civil rights spoke volumes about their success in persisting in the face of adversity.
My deepest respect to Mr. Mondale’s remembrance. I am a new member of JASM and did not have the privilege of meeting him. His love of Japan must have been heart-felt. He greatly contributed to a greater understanding and friendship between cultures. He will be truly missed.
In Memory of Mr. Mondale, I was very honored to be able to meet and converse with Mr. Mondale at a JASM Gala event a few years ago. I'll always remember how welcoming he was to me. I mentioned that I had been able to go to Sunday school with President Carter at his church in Plains, Georgia. I mentioned that I had voted for them and he said, "And we won"! My sincere sympathy to the entire Mondale family on their loss. He was a wonderful man and will be deeply missed.
I first met Vice President Mondale when we spoke at the Nobel Peace Prize Forum in early 1990s. "Two Walters the sons of ministers." Later I was invited to be an evaluator of the Mondale Policy Forum at the UM and those early morning coffees before the meetings he showed his compassion and genuine interest in one's life-story and shared humanity. Before he even became Ambassador to Japan he was interested in my formative years in Japan and my years as head of the Hiroshima International School, later asking me to support the Provost in the development of the Akita Campus and how we could encourage more American youth to go to Japan. A great mentor and teacher. Walter Enloe, Professor Emeritus, Hamline University
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