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NCKU Receives Donation of ¥49.39 Million as Memorial Scholarship for Prof. Iso MOMOSE and Ms. Miyoko IZUMI

  • NCKU Receives Donation of ¥49.39 Million as Memorial Scholarship for Prof. Iso MOMOSE and Ms. Miyoko IZUMI
  • NCKU Receives Donation of ¥49.39 Million as Memorial Scholarship for Prof. Iso MOMOSE and Ms. Miyoko IZUMI
  • NCKU Receives Donation of ¥49.39 Million as Memorial Scholarship for Prof. Iso MOMOSE and Ms. Miyoko IZUMI
  • NCKU Receives Donation of ¥49.39 Million as Memorial Scholarship for Prof. Iso MOMOSE and Ms. Miyoko IZUMI
  • NCKU Receives Donation of ¥49.39 Million as Memorial Scholarship for Prof. Iso MOMOSE and Ms. Miyoko IZUMI
  • NCKU Receives Donation of ¥49.39 Million as Memorial Scholarship for Prof. Iso MOMOSE and Ms. Miyoko IZUMI
  • NCKU Receives Donation of ¥49.39 Million as Memorial Scholarship for Prof. Iso MOMOSE and Ms. Miyoko IZUMI
National Cheng Kung University (NCKU) President Huey-Jen Jenny Su received a donation of 49.39 million yen from Mr. Kohei IZUMI and Mr. Seiji IZUMI on September 9 as a memorial scholarship for their grandfather, Professor Iso MOMOSE, and their mother, Ms. Miyoko IZUMI. They also jointly planted a tree beside the NCKU Museum to commemorate the father and daughter.

Half a year ago, one short email from a Japanese lawyer said the offspring of a former professor of NCKU would like to donate money to NCKU. Accordingly, files of Professor MOMOSE, his wife, and Ms. Miyoko were found in the school’s archives. He was one of the first faculty members of NCKU. President Su noted, “No matter what the amount of donation is, the feeling through decades and generations is touching and unforgettable.”

Among the earliest academic reports that have been found at NCKU, 16 of the 18 papers are the works of Professor MOMOSE. “It shows not only Professor Iso MOMOSE’s efforts and achievements, but also one of the important historic tracks of NCKU being a research-oriented university,” said President Su.

President Su pointed out that even the post-war life was very tough, Professor MOMOSE insisted the education equality for men and women, Ms. Miyoko thus could complete her university education and devote herself to education, women’s rights, and children’s care. She attributed all these to her father’s supporting her in education in such hard times, which inspired her to donate half of her inheritance to NCKU.

Mr. Kohei IZUMI said that his mother had a special feeling for the country where she grew up. In his childhood, fruit like banana, pineapple, longan and food like fried rice noodles were served often. The old life-style in Taiwan was usually seen on his mother. He rarely met and talked to his mother during her last 10 years, but he reunited with her through today’s donation ceremony. It was complicated but grateful. Though he was not willing to let his mother see him shedding tears at the ceremony, he just could not but reveal his true emotion.

Professor Iso MOMOSE started his academic career in 1932 at the Tainan Technical College (TTC, today’s NCKU), specializing in organic chemistry. After World War Ⅱ, he continued his teaching and research at TTC till being repatriated to Japan with his family in 1947. His health worsened seriously in 1985 and he passed away four years later at the age of 87.

Ms. Miyoko IZUMI, born in 1933, was the so-called “wansei”. Before going back to Japan, she attended primary school in Tainan. Because her father insisted that women should also get a higher education, even constrained by the post-war family financial straits, Ms. Miyoko completed her university education and devoted herself to education. She passed away in 2015, but in 2005 she set a will to donate half of her inheritance to NCKU as a scholarship in the name of her father and herself. She wrote to her son that, because of her father’s vision and insistence, she could have the opportunity for higher education. She was very thankful to her father but regretful for not being able to take care of him in person when he was weak and sick. Therefore, she decided to comfort her father in another way.

It read in her letter, “I sincerely believe that the dead can be reborn by the memory of the living. I hope, by donating the scholarship, my father’s soul could come back to the NCKU campus when the name of Iso MOMOSE flashes in the students’ hearts, and he could continue his favorite research on organic chemistry. Thus, I will die with no regret.” She also expressed in her will that she hoped donating the scholarship could contribute to Taiwan’s education, and this is her last wish as she was born in Taiwan and dedicated to duty in her whole life.

NCKU will host memorial activities for Professor MOMOSE during the university’s anniversary, including documentary exhibition, scholarship awarding ceremony, etc. The scholarship will benefit the students of the Department of Chemical Engineering and the Department of Chemistry.
Updated : 2017-09-15
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