In Honor of Dr. Lydia N. Yu-Jose

August 04, 2014

Dr. Lydia N. Yu-Jose
Dr. Lydia N. Yu Jose
March 27, 1944 – Aug 3, 2014

Dr. Lydia N. Yu Jose was Professor Emeritus of Political Science and Japanese Studies. 

Lydia planted the seeds for the furtherance of Japanese studies scholarship and research in the Ateneo de Manila through the Japanese Studies Program which she directed from 1989 to 1993, and 1995 to 1996. In recognition of her contribution to Japanese Studies in the Philippines the Government of Japan conferred on her the decoration of the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon in 2012.

From 1997 -2001 she chaired the Ateneo Department of Political Science, which has grown under her watch.  She inspired members of the Department through her work ethic and commitment to excellence. She also laid the groundwork of the Ateneo Center for Asian where she served as Director from 2004-2013.

In all these roles, she was mentor and model of scholarship for thousands of students whom she faithfully guided through their undergraduate and graduate studies.  To many of us whom she has taught,   she was the strong willed but caring mother though her forty four years in the Ateneo.

Through the years Lydia has maintained the deep respect of her colleagues who looked up to her as their source of courage and wisdom.  Admirably, she continued to reinvent herself through her instruction and research as she kept pace with the changing times and the dynamism and youth of the Departments, Programs and Centers she helped build.     

She is survived by Dr. Rico T. Jose, Director of the University of the Philippines Third World Studies Center.

Her memory will forever be honored through the lives she has touched.

She is waked at the Loyola Memorial Chapels, Marikina , Premiere Chapel A.  Daily masses will be held at 7:00 pm until Wednesday.  Funeral mass will also be at Loyola Memorial on Thursday, 8 am.

The Department of Political Science, Japanese Studies Program and Ateneo Center for Asian Studies (ACAS) will hold a memorial for her in Ateneo.  Details forthcoming.