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Randolph-Macon honors Va. teacher who died in Japan

Monday - 3/12/2012, 4:06pm  ET

ASHLAND, Va. - Randolph-Macon College is honoring the Virginia teacher who died after the Japanese earthquake and tsunami a year ago.

About 650 people gathered at the school on Sunday for a program that commemorated the Japanese disaster that killed more than 15,000 people, including Taylor Anderson. The 24-year-old taught English to students in kindergarten through ninth grade for more than two years in Japan.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports ( http://bit.ly/zzZ6HA) that the Randolph-Macon graduate was honored during the Sunday program. It was put on with part of a $100,000 grant that will help the college increase course offerings in Japanese language and culture and allow students to travel to Japan as part of their studies.

Anderson was remembers as someone who wanted to serve as a bridge between American and Japanese people.

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Information from: Richmond Times-Dispatch, http://www.timesdispatch.com


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