Memorial for John Ishii to be held at Saint Martin's Abbey

Monday, January 28, 2002

Lacey, Wash. - A vocal recital on Feb. 16 featuring Br. Aelred Woodard, O.S.B., and Br. Elias Lien, O.S.B., will honor the life of John D. Ishii, Ph.D., a Saint Martin’s alumnus and educator. Woodard, a tenor, and Lien, a bass, will be accompanied by pianist Robert Jorgensen at the 8 p.m. recital in the Abbey Church at Saint Martin's Abbey. The vocalists will perform music by Aaron Copland, Jacques Ibert, Thomas Moore, Henry Purcell and Hugo Wolf. The free concert is open to the public; seating is limited; doors open at 7 p.m.

Ishii, born in Seattle in 1921, was a 1938 graduate of Saint Martin’s High School and a 1942 graduate of Saint Martin's College. Following his service in World War II, he completed doctoral studies in international relations at Georgetown University. He served throughout Asia with the State Department for more than 20 years and in 1973 returned to Saint Martin's to become professor of political science. In 1980, Ishii became the first lay president in the history of Saint Martin's College. He served on numerous boards, including the Washington Commission for the Humanities, Japanese American Citizens League, the Governor's American Asian Affairs Commission and the YMCA's International Division.

Ishii died March 18, 2001 after a series of strokes.
For further information about the recital, call 360-491-4700.

For more information:
Br. Elias Lien, treasurer
Saint Martin's College
360-438-4392 or

Kara Klotz, media specialist
Saint Martin’s Office of Communication
360-438-4541 or