Fusako Krummel


Fusako Krummel, age 84, passed away peacefully in her sleep on July 4, 2017 at Brooks-Howell Home, Asheville, NC, after struggling with cancer for about a year.  She was born January 10, 1933 in Tokyo, Japan, the eldest of three children of Takeo and Haru (Notani) Kudo.  She was married to the Reverand John William Krummel (who was born in Windsor, Illinois) in 1964 in Tokyo and gave birth to her son, John Wesley Megumu Krummel in 1965.  She graduated with a BA from the English Department of Meiji Gakuin University Graduate School in 1981, where she also completed the required course work for the Ph.D program in 1984.  In  1985 she started teaching English Literature at Keisen Jogakuin Women's Junior College, where she was promoted to Associate Professor in 1991 and to Full Professor in 1996.  In Japan she had authored a number of article-length studies on 19th - 20th century British women authors, co-authored three books on different English writers and also authored a popular textbook on learning English for Japanese elementary school children.  In 1999 she retired and became a resident at Brooks-Howell Home in Asheville, North Carolina.  There she spent her time volunteering at the local College for Seniors program of Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of North Carolina, Asheville, teaching courses on Japanese and English literature.  She also was an active participant in several book clubs.  She is survived by her son John Wesley Megumu Krummel, Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Geneva, NY.