In Memory of TUJ’s Founder and First Dean William Sharp, 1941-2018

Dr. William Sharp passed away in June. Dr. Sharp helped found Temple University, Japan Campus (TUJ), served as its first dean (1982-83), and then returned to TUJ as dean from 1989-1992. TUJ’s current Dean Bruce Stronach says, “Dr. Sharp was indeed a Founding Father of TUJ and he will forever be an important part of our history.”

After graduating from Stanford University, Dr. Sharp joined the Peace Corps as an early volunteer spending two years in the Amazon area in Colombia. With his doctoral degree from the University of North Carolina, he taught history at Temple University Main Campus where he made numerous contributions both academic and administrative including directing the Honors Program and advising International Studies Program. He brought his expertise and dedication to higher education in Japan and contributed to the launch of TUJ.

Family and friends are invited to gather in a Celebration of Life at the Cortland College Interfaith Center on 7 Calvert St. at 13:00, July 14. Donations in his name can be sent to Lime Hollow Nature Center (338 McLean Road, Cortland, NY 13045) or YWCA of Cortland (14 Clayton Ave. Cortland, NY 13045).