Obituary: Professor Emeritus Yasuo Furuya Dies at 91

Update: July 6, 2018

  • Obituary by Professor Emeritus Koichi Namiki


Yasuo Furuya, professor emeritus at International Christian University (ICU), died on Monday, April 16, 2018. He was 91. The University wishes to express its sincere condolences.

After graduating from the Japan School of Theology (now the Tokyo Union Theological Seminary), Furuya attended the Princeton Theological Seminary in the United States and was awarded a Ph.D. in Theology. In November 1959, he became an instructor in what was then the Division of Humanities at ICU's College of Liberal Arts and was appointed as the Director of the Religious Center. He later became a professor in 1972. Until his retirement as a tokunin kyōju (Professor by Special Appointment) in 1997, he led religious activities at ICU and taught various courses at ICU's College of Liberal Arts, constantly captivating the students and providing great inspiration. In addition, he introduced Japanese Christianity to the world at large through his numerous publications in English and German.

The funeral will be held as follows.
Time and date: 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 22, 2018
Place: University Chapel, International Christian University
3-10-2 Osawa, Mitaka-shi, Tokyo 181-8585, Japan
Tel: 0422-33-3323 (Religious Center) Fax: 0422-33-3372
* The family gratefully declines donations.

Date of Birth
September 13, 1926

Degrees Awarded

1951Graduated from the Japan School of Theology (now the Tokyo Union Theological Seminary)
1959Ph.D., Theology, Princeton Theological Seminary

Personal History (Simplified)

1959Instructor, Division of Humanities, International Christian University (ICU) College of Liberal Arts; Director, Religious Center, ICU
1963Assistant Professor, ICU College of Liberal Arts
1966Associate Professor, ICU College of Liberal Arts
1972Professor, ICU College of Liberal Arts
1997Retired from ICU
1997Professor Emeritus, ICU
1997Advisor on Religion, Tokyo Woman's Christian University
1999Professor and Head of Department, Graduate School of American-European Culture Studies, Seigakuin University
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