Ruth Ichinaga ('57, UCSF) is a retired Oakland Unified School District nurse and was actively involved in bringing one of the first elementary school-based clinics on site. She has been teaching taiko for the past 23 years at the Sakura Kai Senior Center. She has previously danced with the Purple Moon Dance Project and with Oneness Butoh and is currently a member of butohBuddies. Ruth served on the JAWAUCB Board for 19 years and has held positions as Chair, Treasurer and Nominations Chair. She was instrumental in facilitating the creation of the JAWAUCB vision statement.
In 1991, the Board of the Japanese American Women Alumnae of UC Berkeley decided to honor an Outstanding Alumna annually. The selection would be based on the individual’s:
The recipients of this award have distinguished themselves in these areas and are truly deserving of this special recognition. Their names are placed on a plaque permanently displayed in the Alumni House on the UC Berkeley campus.
Please view the slide show below to learn about each of our outstanding alumnae.