Dr. Delmer Brown Receives Medal

from Japanese Government.


Dr. Delmer M. Brown, professor emeritus of the University of California at Berkeley, was awarded the Kunsho (medal of honor) from the Japanese government on May 28.

The honor was conferred by consul general Kiyohiko Nanao at his official residence in San Francisco.

Dr. Brown was honored for his contribution to the education of scholars of Japanese history and the promotion of academic exchange between Japan and the United States. He received the order of the Sacred Treasure, Gold Rays with neck ribbon.

Dr. Brown, who was born Nov. 20, 1909, in Harrisonville, Missouri, graduated from Stanford University in 1932 and was a lecturer in English at the Fourth Higher School in Kanazawa, Japan, from 1932-38. He received a Ph. D. in Japanese history from Stanford in 1946.

From 1946 to 1977, Dr. Brown was a professor of Japanese history at UC Berkeley, becoming professor emeritus in 1977. He was chairman of the history department from 1957 to 1961 and 1971-1975. Dr. Brown was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship in Japan from 1959 to 1960.

During his tenure at UC, Dr. Brown occasionally held posts in Japan. He was director of the Tokyo office of the Asian Foundation from 1954 to 1955 and a humanities research scholar in Kyoto from 1975 to 1976. Dr. Brown directed the Inter-University Center for Japanese Language Studies in Tokyo from 1977 to 1987.

He has been a member of the board of directors of Tsubaki Shrine of America in Stockton from 1995 to the present.

Among the books he has written is "Nationalism in Japan: An Introductory Historical Analysis". He edited and contributed to "The Cambridge History of Japan." He has also published numerous articles on Japanese religion and history.

Dr. Brown received the Berkeley Citation for "distinguished achievement and notable service to the university" in 1977 and Kansha-Jo ( Certificate of Gratitude ) for five years service on the Japan-U.S. Educational ( Fulbright ) Commission in 1985.


(This information appeared April 29 in the Nichibei News.)