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SHARON ANN MINICHIELLO, PhD

June 24, 1939 October 4, 2018
SHARON ANN MINICHIELLO, PhD
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Sharon Minichiello, Ph.D.
1939–2018

Dr. Sharon Minichiello passed away at her home in Honolulu, Hawaii at age 79. Born in Lynn on June 24, 1939 and raised in Saugus, Massachusetts, she was the eldest of four daughters of the late Philip and Margaret Minichiello. Dr. Minichiello was a longtime resident of Hawaii, where she was a retired professor of Japanese History and former director of the University of Hawaii at Mānoa Center for Japanese Studies.

Dr. Minichiello was a renowned and much admired scholar and professor. She was the author of several books on Japanese modernity and the recipient of numerous awards honoring her work as a teacher and her efforts toward fostering better understanding between the United States and Japan. These include: the Crown Prince Akihito Scholarship, the Crown Prince Akihito Scholarship Foundation Distinguished Service Award, the University of Hawaii Board of Regents’ Medal for Excellence in Teaching, and the UH Mānoa Ohana Award for Outstanding Service to Students, among others.

Dr. Minichiello leaves her much-loved sisters, Maureen Villiotte and her husband Dr. James Villiotte, Margaret Williamson, and Jane Gammon, 13 nieces and nephews, 21 great-nieces and nephews, three loving aunts and many dear cousins. She will be greatly missed by her family, friends, colleagues, and former students.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Hawaiian Humane Society, 2700 Waialae Avenue


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