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Miho Iwazaki

November 30, 1958 — July 13, 2022


Dr. Miho (Kawai) Iwazaki, 63, of Kingston, New York, lost her brave battle with cancer Wednesday, July 13, 2022 at her home in Kingston, New York.

She was born on November 30, 1958 in Osaka, Japan. Miho is survived by her husband Ryuji Iwazaki of Kingston, New York and many loving friends, and wonderful colleagues. Miho will be missed for her professionalism, courtesy and kindness; for her dedication to diversity issues; for her ability to make time for and listen to the concerns of students as well as colleagues. We all mourn her passing.

Dr. Iwazaki worked at SUNY Ulster Community College from 1999 until her untimely death. She attended Cambridge University in the United Kingdom and taught in London. She then moved to the United States to attend Syracuse University. Dr. Iwazaki held a PhD and MA in Sociology and Women’s Studies from Syracuse University and a BA and MA in Sociology, from Bukkyo University, Kyoto, Japan. Dr. Iwazaki received the Chancellors Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2022. She served as Chair of the Social Sciences Department at SUNY Ulster for seven years, she served as coordinator of the Liberal Arts and Sciences Program, Sociology and Cultural Diversity Day.

Arrangements entrusted to Keyser Funeral and Cremation Service, Inc., 326 Albany Avenue, Kingston, New York 12401. A tribute for Miho may be found at, where you may leave memories and expressions of sympathy for her family.

For those who wish, contributions in Miho’s memory may be made to the Town of Saugerties Animal Shelter or SUNY Ulster Lights for Learning – Emergency Fund. The SUNY Ulster Foundation board is also issuing a $1,000 scholarship to a student in Miho's name and memory. You may also contribute to the "Ulster Community College Foundation Scholarship in Memory of Miho Iwasaki". Checks may be made to:  Ulster Community College Foundation Inc. and mailed to PO Box 557 Stone Ridge NY 12484. Please note "IMO Miho Iwazaki" in the memo line.   

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