(September 3, 1945 - August 17, 2006)
For twenty-four years (1982 – 2006) Professor Masumi Hayashi taught and created art at Cleveland State University. Her concerns for equity and fair treatment of all people contributed to her involvement with the President's Advisory Committee on the Role and Status of Women. During 1991 and 1992 Masumi worked with the founding group of women to create this committee and to define its mission and its work. She served the committee in its early days and remained a supporter of its work.
Masumi was/is a photographer and artist. Her work hangs in many collections: from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, to the Columbus Museum of Art, to the Cleveland Museum of Art. You will find her photographic works at the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography and at the International Museum of Photography (George Eastman House/Rochester NY). The Victoria & Albert Museum in London, England and the Ludwig Art Museum in Koblenz, Germany also own pieces of Masumi's work.
During her lifetime Masumi acquired many honors and awards. She was a recipient of the Cleveland Arts Prize; of three Ohio Arts Council awards, a Fulbright fellowship; and various awards from National Endowment for the Arts, Arts Midwest, and Florida Arts Council; as well as a 1997 Civil Liberties Educational Fund research grant.
On August 17, 2006, Masumi Hayashi and her neighbor and fellow artist, John Jackson, were murdered by a 29-year-old neighbor, after complaining about the loud music he was playing. Masumi is survived by her son, Dean Keesey of Oakland, CA, and by her daughter, Lisa Takata; her brother, Seigo; and her four sisters: Connie, Amy, Nancy and Joanne. She is remember with affection and respect by the members of this committee and the women of CSU.
Please join us in remembering Masumi by visiting the Masumi Hayashi Museum: www.masumimuseum.com.