In Memoriam

Kevin Cleary, president of the Japan Association for Language Teaching (JALT), passed away suddenly at the age of 52 in Kyoto, Japan on January 10, 2014. Kevin was an exemplary teacher, author, leader and friend. He grew up in the United States and graduated from Loyola University Chicago School of Law. He came to Japan 20 years ago, married and settled in the beautiful seaside town of Kamakura.

In 2008, he took up a post at Tokyo Medical and Dental University where he taught ESL and ESP as well as helping with international students and outreach activities. Kevin also taught a course on "English through Cinema" at Sophia University Community College. His academic interests included technical communication and the simplification of scientific texts for language learners. Kevin became President of JALT in the year 2010. He was a soft-spoken but dynamic leader with energy, vision, a great sense of humor plus strong interpersonal and diplomatic skills. He was a solid supporter of JALT’s Global Issues SIG and of the Asian Youth Forum (AYF). He was a key figure in the Pan-Asian Consortium (PAC) and dedicated himself to building international links between teachers, students and language teaching associations in Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Russia, Bangladesh, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and the Philippines. Kevin will be sadly missed by his family, friends, students and colleagues around the world. Hundreds of members of the language teaching community came to memorial services in Tokyo. Kevin's wife has suggested that donations in his memory be made to Ashinaga, an NGO that provides support to orphans worldwide: <www.ashinaga.org/en/>. Donations can also be made to a charity of your choice.