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Craig Smith

SMITH, Craig Allen After a courageous battle with cancer, Craig Allen Smith died peacefully in the presence of his family, January 3, 2019 in Kyoto, Japan. Born in London, December 22, 1946, Craig was a graduate of the University of Western Ontario and the London Teachers College. After teaching elementary school in Toronto, Craig left Canada in 1970. He resided briefly in Australia and Indonesia before settling in Japan. He founded the Shepherd Language Institute in Kobe before relocating to Kyoto in 1996. Craig is survived by his wife Yoko, daughter Tami Yamada (Naoki), grandchildren Yuuka and Anna, sister Catherine Warren (Steve), uncle Keith Smith (JoAnn), cousins Drew Smith (Tiffany) and Allison Smith and Ian Byles, as well as several nieces and nephews. Craig was predeceased by his loving parents, Dean in 2000 and June in 2001, as well as his dear aunt Ruth Byles and cousin Susan Disher-Byles (Bruce). While in Japan, Craig built a distinguished career in the field of education and international relations. His most recent position was Director of the Community Engagement Center and Professor of Global Affairs at Kyoto University of Foreign Studies. He was Founding Chair of the Department of Global Affairs there in 2010, and Founding Director of the Community Engagement Centre in 2017. As a member of the Kyoto University Academic Writing Research Group, he received the 2011 Japanese Association of College English Teachers award for excellence in teaching. In 2010, he was a founder of the Japan University English Model United Nations, and in 2012 was a founder of Tsukuba University English model United Nations. He served two terms on the Japan Ministry of Education Research Committee and was also Founder of the Kyoto University of Foreign Studies Unesco University Network Project. Craig was a member of the editorial board of the Japan Journal of Bilingualism and Multiculturalism, and a member of the Board of Governors of the Kyoto Intercultural Association. In 2018 he was appointed a United Nations Peace and Development Advisor in recognition of his work on Model UN conferences focusing on peace and community building. His recent writings in international journals centered on Team Teaching and Mobile Assisted Language Learning. Craig was a passionate supporter of Habitat for Humanity and he guided his students on many Habitat builds throughout southeast Asia. A devoted family man, Craig was beloved and respected by his associates and students alike. His remarkable life will be fondly remembered by family, friends, colleagues and students at memorial services in Kyoto on January 6 and January 7. A man to be admired!13319985
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