by Benjamin Ola. Akande, dean
Walker School of Business, Webster University
(published by The New York Times Magazine, December 21, 2011)

Last summer the news hit us like a St. Louis heat wave. Our colleague and dear friend Anna Barbara Sakurai had died in a car accident. Anna B, as we affectionately called her, made us happy with her contagious joy. Anna B came to Webster University as a student more than 50 years ago and retired in 2009 as a professor in the Math & Computer Science department. For our students, she was the ultimate professor. For her friends, she was the ultimate confidant. And for her husband Ed, she was an ultimate soul mate.

I love this picture because it shows Anna B before she met Ed and left the order. She’s content in her classroom not knowing yet what the future held or how her life would touch those of so many others. Although she physically left the Sisters of Loretto, Anna B’s heart remained and she continued to serve all who needed her with Ed by her side.

We remember Anna B as one who, by extending the boundaries of learning, exemplified all her beloved Sisters and Webster University stand for. We will honor her by following in the path of caring she cleared for us.

View it in The New York Times

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