Memorial service Saturday for Emiko Matsutsuyu

  • November 12, 2008

Longtime California State University, East Bay employee Emiko Matsutsuyu, a former secretary to the University president, died Oct. 15 at 87.

A memorial service is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 15. For details, contact Vivian Matsutsuyu at or (510) 378-2401.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests making donations in Emiko Matsutsuyu's name to the Cal State East Bay Department of Art Scholarship fund at or mail to: California State University, East Bay, 25800 Carlos Bee Blvd., Hayward, Calif., 94542. Call (510) 885-2150 for more information.

Born on Terminal Island in Los Angeles County on Sept. 9, 1921, she was a longtime Hayward resident. In 2003, Matsutsuyu and her husband George moved to Houston, Texas, to be near family.

"When Emiko began working at the University it was housed in the old Hayward High School and was called Alameda State College," said her daughter, Vivian Matsutsuyu '74. "She worked in various departments (and positions), including secretary to the head librarian and also art department, but she is best remembered as secretary to the former president of the University, Dr. Ellis McCune. She retired from this position after almost 30 years on campus."

In her mid 50s, she discovered a talent for art while taking classes on campus, and upon her retirement became a familiar fixture in the art department, dedicating the bulk of her time to developing her skill.

She worked in media including flower arranging, pottery, sculpture, painting, drawing, basketry, jewelry making and beadwork. Her artwork has been collected by individuals, published in books, and shown in art shows and in gallery and museum exhibitions, including a show at the Oakland Museum of California. Some of her sculptures remain on permanent public display, including a bust of community activist John B. Williams located at the 12th Street BART station in downtown Oakland.

Matsutsuyu is survived by son, Bruce Matsutsuyu '76, and daughter, Vivian; grandson Jacob Matsutsuyu; sisters Yoshiko Ito, Haruko Hatashita and Kiyoko Wada; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband of 56 years.


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