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In memoriam: Dr. Mikiyasu Hakoyama

CMU alum was Human Development and Family Studies professor for 13 years

Contact: ​Jeff Johnston


Dr. Mikiyasu Hakoyama, professor in Human Development and Family Studies in Central Michigan University's College of Education and Human Services, passed away Oct. 7, 2020. He is survived by his wife, Yayoi, his daughter, Chihiro, and three sons Shotaro, Tatsuki, and Haruki Hakoyama. 

Dr. Mikiyasu Hakoyama

Dr. Mikiyasu Hakoyama

Dr. Hakoyama's connection to the CMU community was a deep and long-standing one, shaping so much of what he enjoyed and accomplished.

Beginning in the 1970s, he attended CMU as an undergraduate, being among the first Japanese students at the university. After returning to Japan to marry and start a family and following a four-year sojourn in Samoa, where he worked as a writer­ — publishing several books and articles­ — he returned to Mount Pleasant in 2001. 

Upon completing his Ph.D. at Michigan State University, he started work as a professor at CMU in 2007. His time spent in teaching and research was among the most active and joyful periods of his life, whether in the classroom, presenting at conferences, or leading students on study abroad trips to Japan and Mexico. These opportunities also allowed his children to follow in his footsteps and become successful CMU alumni.

He will be deeply missed by all who knew him.


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