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Dartmouth Commencement 2006

(Posted 06/11/06)

Honorary degree citation to Chiharu Igaya '57 (Doctor of Humane Letters)
Chiharu Igaya '57
Chiharu Igaya '57

At the age of ten, you skied the slalom at the Japanese Ski Championship, before the competition began, and posted a time six seconds faster than that of the national champion. So began your illustrious skiing career - a career within which, ever an innovator, you developed your own style and won the Silver Medal for Japan at the 1956 Winter Olympics in Italy, the first-ever winter medal for Japan.

In 1953, you came to Dartmouth, following one semester of work at Rikkyo University in Japan. Here you won just about every existing intercollegiate skiing title and you excelled academically. As a senior you won the Dartmouth Cup, awarded to the "senior athlete who on and off the field reflects the greatest credit to the College."

Modesty has been one of your distinctive characteristics. On your application for admission to Dartmouth you listed skiing third as being among your athletic activities (after basketball and track) - with simply the parenthetical addition "Olympic team." You have served on the International Olympic Committee, where you are currently the Vice President, as well as on the Japan Sports Federation, and in 1998 you received Dartmouth's Asakawa Award from the Dartmouth Club of Tokyo, in recognition of your loyal Dartmouth service and your tireless promotion of international cooperation.

We recognize here that you have always reflected "the greatest credit to the College." And you have, through the competitive bonding of sports at the highest level, followed Mr. Dickey's charge to make the world the better. We now salute you with the degree Doctor of Humane Letters.

- James Wright

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