Takeo Uesugi
Takeo Uesugi

POMONA — Cal Poly Pomona’s College of Environmental Design will hold a memorial gathering for Takeo Uesugi, professor emeritus in the Department of Landscape Architecture, on Friday, April 15.

A ceremony will take place at 4 p.m. at the Aratani Japanese Garden, located behind Building 89. The hour-long program will include reflections by faculty from the Department of Landscape Architecture, President Soraya Coley, former President Bob Suzuki, and Dean Michael Woo; and a formal Japanese tea ceremony.

A reception at Building 7 will immediately follow the memorial gathering at 5 p.m. Guests are invited to visit the ENV Atrium and Gallery for light refreshments and to view a selected collection of Uesugi’s past professional works, calligraphy, and photographs from throughout his career.

Lot C is the parking lot nearest the Aratani Japanese Garden. A daily permit is required to park on campus. Daily permits on weekdays are $7, and can be purchased from the Visitor Parking Booth at the entrance of Lot C.

To RSVP, contact Diane Gonzalez at (909) 869-2667 or visit http://takeo-uesugi-memorial.eventbrite.com.

Uesugi, who passed away on Jan. 16 at the age of 75, was a professor at Cal Poly Pomona from 1970 to 2000. He was well known for the gardens he designed, which include the James Irvine Garden at the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center in Little Tokyo, the Huntington Japanese Garden, the Japanese Friendship Garden at Balboa Park in San Diego, and the Aratani Japanese Garden on campus.

“Takeo Uesugi was one of the venerable professors of the Department of Landscape Architecture,” said Woo. “He invented the entirely new field of adapting the Japanese garden to the California environment. There are many people who love Japanese gardens who will always appreciate Dr. Uesugi’s vision.”

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