The Life of MIRIAM ASAKAWA
Miriam Dingwall Asakawa was born in New Haven in 1879 of David R. Dingwall and Catherine Cameron Dingwall. They had immigrated to the United States from Scotland shortly after their marriage.... Miriam became a seamstress and for some time lived with her brother Murdoch's family. It was probably at this time that she became acquainted with a young Yale doctoral student, Kanichi Asakawa, native of Japan, who had finished his Master's Degree previously at Dartmouth. The couple was married in a religious ceremony on October 12, 1905 in Crown Point, New York. Soon after, Asakawa left for Japan for a year's lectureship at Waseda University... According to contemporary reports, the marriage was a very happy one. The couple had no children. After eight years of life together, Miriam died on February 4, 1913. She is buried in Evergreen Cemetery in the same plot as her father who preceded her in death, three newborn siblings, a sister, niece, and her mother, and a few others, whom we may assume are relatives... Kanichi Asakawa went on to become a renowned history scholar and professor at Yale, the first Japanese to do so at any well-known American university.... He never remarried. After his long tenure at Yale, he died at his summer home in Vermont, August 11, 1948. As was promised him, he is buried in Grove Street Cemetery. His stone also indicated Miriam, his wife, is interred in Evergreen Cemetery.