In Memorium

Keiko I. McDonald 

Keiko I. McDonald was a professor of Japanese cinema, literature, culture, and the Japanese language for more than thirty years. She was a popular teacher and a renowned scholar in her field, lecturing extensively both here and abroad. She published several books, including Reading a Japanese Film, which was selected by Choice magazine as an Outstanding Academic Title in 2006, as well as scores of scholarly articles and book chapters. At the time of her death in the fall of 2008, she had been working on a book on Japanese women directors.

A native of Nara, Japan, McDonald earned an undergraduate degree in English in 1963 at Osaka University of Foreign Studies. In 1966 she earned an MA in English from the State University of California, Sacramento, followed by a Doctor of Arts in 1971 and a PhD in 1974, also in English, at the University of Oregon.

In 1974-75, she served as a visiting assistant professor at the University of Texas, Austin before joining the Pitt faculty in 1975 as assistant professor. In 1981, McDonald was promoted to associate professor and was named professor in 1992. During her Pitt career, she received three Fulbright Research Fellowships and a National Endowment for the Humanities summer research award. She also won the David and Tina Bellet Arts and Sciences Teaching Excellence Award in 2002.

Outside academia, McDonald was an accomplished marathoner, having run more the thirty races. She also was passionate about fishing and was widely published on the subject in Japanese magazines.


Yi-tung Wang

Professor Yi-Tung Wang, former chair of the Department, was born in Jiangyin, Jiangsu Province in 1914. He attended Fuyan Primary School, Nanjing Academy of Classical Learning, University of Nanking, and Yenching University. He was employed at University of Nanking in the year of 1942. He received his doctoral degree after his study of Eastern Chinese at Harvard University in 1944. During his teaching career, he successively taught at University of Chicago, University of Wisconsin, Harvard University, Columbia University, and the University of Pittsburgh. In his time at the University of Pittsburgh, he helped establish the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures in 1964 and instructed a number of graduate students. He contributed his whole life to the study of ancient Chinese Literature and published Wu Zhao Men Di, History of the Southern Dynasties, and other works.

Professor Wang passed away peacefully on October 27, 2016 at age 103.