JCCI would like to extend our sincere condolences to Ezra Vogel, who passed away Sunday at the age of 90. Vogel was a recent recipient of the Eagle-on-the-World Award this year at the Virtual Annual Dinner Gala, TOGETHER: Solidarity for the Future.
“It’s a great honor for me to receive this award for the long friendship and long cooperation I’ve enjoyed between Japanese friends in the United States, Japan, and the all over the world,” he remarked at the virtual Gala.
Vogel was a specialist on modern China and Japan, received his Ph D at Harvard in 1958 in Sociology in the Department of Social Relations and was professor at Harvard from 1967-2000. In 1973, he succeeded John Fairbank to become the second Director of Harvard’s East Asian Research Center. At Harvard he served as director of the US-Japan Program, director of the Fairbank Center, and as the founding director of the Asia Center. He was the director of the undergraduate concentration in East Asian Studies from its inception in 1972 until 1991. He taught courses on Chinese society, Japanese society, and industrial East Asia. He will be revered for his outstanding achievements in East Asia research.